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Bill Rankin, 2007

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As one might guess, the geography of uranium production is rather different than that of consumption. Roughly 58% of the world’s uranium is mined in countries that do not themselves have reactors or weapons programs. Like with oil, this produces a system where producers and consumers become mutually dependent.

Notice however that, unlike oil, the majority of uranium is produced by countries friendly to the United States, Western Europe, and their allies. At the same time, nuclear-capable countries outside the West tend to have their own sources of production. Given this rather fortuitous arrangement, it seems unlikely that the politics of uranium will become a serious issue (for better and worse).

I've also made maps of nuclear explosions and reactors.

Data source: UxC Consulting Company