There has been a lot of speculating and theorizing about how few new nuclear power plants one can realistically plan on completing per year. The more the matter is pondered, the less capable we seem to become. So, in line with my policy of tackling political and theoretical questions by drawing on events in the real world, let's look at what we actually produced in the Naval Reactors program, in building the first, large-scale power reactors, first for ship propulsion, and then for the world's first fully commercial nuclear power station under President Eisenhower's Atoms for Peace Program. .
Yes, today we lack much of the manufacturing capability we had then, but we had almost none of the relevant knowledge and materials, and none of the experience. Without arguing the point, can't we get some inspiration from what we demonstrated could be done, with enough determination and organizational skill? That's what the French did, after the OPEC oil embargo of 1973. They decided to go nearly all nuclear, and they just did it. They did it safely and reliably, and they've been selling nuclear electricity at a profit ever since.