A. Springs, the first step in developing a (mutually beneficial) US-Aus uranium strategy begins with the US Federal Government recognizing the real risks to future uranium supplies; and perhaps, Australia recognizing the value of building this zero carbon power generation capacity domestically. The second step begins with acknowledging (or educating responsible Administration Officials) of the historically strong alignment and Ally/Trade Partner relationship between the US and Australia. Australia has been a very important foreign policy supporter of the US since before WWII and continues to be one of the US’s strongest supporters in the Asia-Pacific and Middle East today. This relationship needs to be built on in many areas of opportunity including the co-benefits of increased Australia uranium production.
You are absolutely correct that the Nuclear Industry in all Developed Countries was not built or expanded without Government support. Unfortunately the opposition to Nuclear is has grow to be very strong, particularly in some Developed Countries. Australia is the 3rd largest producer of uranium in the world, but has no Civilian Nuclear Power plants. At the other extreme, France is the 2nd largest generator of Nuclear Power in the world (about half the U.S.) and imports 99% of its uranium (vs. the U.S. 80%). These Nuclear Power Industries were originally supported and developed due to the innovative/cost attractiveness of this technology, followed by energy security priorities such as reducing the need for growingly more costly/restricted oil & gas back in the 1970’s-1980’s.
Today, Nuclear Power provides the only commercially proven technology to install zero carbon technology that provides the baseload capacity needed to balance-stabilize centralized power grids and ensure reliabilities. The only proven industrial scale alternative is currently hydropower pumped storage, but even this technology is strongly opposed by the general public’s due to the environmental impacts of dams/reservoirs.
The bottom line, countries such as the US and Australia have an opportunity to partner and build on their historic strong Ally relationships. This should involve some combination of reducing the US’s reliance on former Soviet Countries by helping develop Australia’s uranium production and by possibly sharing advanced nuclear power technologies to the benefit of both countries’ energy security and ability to reduce future carbon emissions.