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1Title:  The cost-effectiveness of nuclear power for Navy surface ships Add
 Summary:  This Congressional Budget Office (CBO) study deals with a point of tension that's existed between the Executive Branch and Congress for decades, the application of nuclear propulsion in the surface fleet. Currently, only United States Navy aircraft carriers are nuclear-powered and "its other surface combatants are powered by engines that use conventional petroleum-based fuels" (1). The study compares the costs of nuclear and non-nuclear surface combatant vessels based upon the CBO's current projection of oil prices in the coming decades, along with projections both under and over this projection. Taking into account construction and operating costs, the CBO then calculates "break-even" points for different categories of ships; that is, the price of oil reaches a level so that the added costs associated with nuclear propulsion are offset (8). 
 Source:  http://www.cbo.gov/doc.cfm?index=12169 
 Date:   2011 
 Subject(s):  DDG(X) | Naval Reactors 
 Type:  Text 
 Format:  PDF 
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