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Difficult to keep up with the trends in renewable energy - one day nuclear power plants are part of the climate change action plan and, the next day, the demise of the nuclear power plants has created an entirely new industry. 

Enhancement of renewable energy targets for catering to the ever increasing electricity demand has begun to overshadow the nuclear power generation industry. These factors coupled with the occurrence of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster have favored the development of the nuclear decommissioning industry, further resulting in rapid shutdown and phase out of pressurized water, boiling water, and other reactors worldwide. ... The advent of the nuclear decommissioning market especially in the U.S. has intensified the competition between industry players with implementation of growth strategies mainly including mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures.

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Bob Meinetz on Nov 14, 2019

Victoria, with a little digging I discovered your analysis, published in Dallas PR service Eastlake Times, was written by research-for-hire firm Orbis Research. One of Orbis's biggest clients is Chevron Corporation.

 I have no doubt this is one installment in a currently deluge of anti-nuclear propaganda being coordinated by the American Petroleum Institute, in response to positive news about nuclear energy and the U.S. "nuclear renaissance". It's all about replacing clean nuclear energy with dirty natural gas.

The only trend toward decommissioning is a manufactured one, in response to a real trend toward recognizing nuclear energy's important and enduring role in fighting climate change.

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