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The competition

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Buoyed by pro-nuclear talk in US and a British energy minister who admits to being "a critical friend," the nuclear industry has identified wind as the enemy and is on the offensive. Wind can look nuclear straight in the eye on the crucial issues of reliability and cost, but lacks the high profile for throwing hard punches. Terrorist attacks on nuclear plant have become a terrible risk to the world. Meantime, the price of gas, wind's other main competitor, is expected to stay above 1999 levels until around 2005 in Europe and America.

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