The Switch Interview

Jacques Besnainou

CEO of Areva at the time of the interview

The man bringing French nuclear expertise to the US discusses the benefits of nuclear, the history of the industry in France, and the challenges of rebuilding it in America. In about 25 years, France went from almost no nuclear energy to having 80% of its electricity come from nuclear.

Jacques Besnainou's Videos

Nuclear in France

A severe oil crisis forced France to rapidly develop an...

Nuclear Advantages

Very cheap, low carbon emissions, and provides energy security

American Nuclear Renaissance

On the externalities of an increase in American nuclear power...

U.S. Government Nuclear Backup

On government support of a nuclear renaissance

Conditions for Nuclear Success

The standardization of nuclear plants improves maintenance and safety

Nuclear Waste: 3 Options

What should we do with nuclear waste? There are 3...


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