So, the United States has a new president. Where does Barack Obama’s victory leave the nuclear industry? It means, at least, that John McCain’s plans for 45 new nuclear reactors by 2030 can now be forgotten.

Obama is more of a nuclear sceptic than is former opponent but still believes that nuclear should be part of America’s energy mix. He has accepted campaign donations from the nuclear industry. He has, however, spoken against the nuclear waste storage facility at Yucca Mountain in Nevada, and last year called for the project to be abandoned.

What else is there to say? The vagueness of Obama’s rhetoric during his bid for the presidency makes it difficult to say just what his plans are. Watch this space.