The Climate for Nuclear Energy

Nuclear energy is critical for decarbonization in the fight against climate change. But high-profile accidents, substantial costs, and concerns about waste management have kneecapped its expansion. As the climate crisis intensifies, the world is rethinking how to use nuclear energy to tackle ambitious climate targets.

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Host
  • Gabrielle Sierra
    Podcast Host and Producer
Episode Guests
  • Leslie Dewan
    CEO, RadiantNano
  • Shirley Ann Jackson
    President, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Show Notes

The climate crisis is considered by many to be the world’s most pressing issue. Today, nuclear energy is the largest provider of carbon-free electricity. But disasters such as those at Chernobyl, Fukushima, and Three Mile Island have shaped public opinion around its use. Nuclear energy could be vital to global climate action, but at what cost? Scientists, policymakers, and citizens alike are weighing the risks of nuclear waste against the prospect of continued reliance on fossil fuels. As the climate crisis intensifies, the appetite for nuclear energy grows.

 

From CFR

 

The Fukushima Disaster Didn’t Scare the World Off Nuclear Power,” Lindsay Maizland

 

Read More

 

The Activists Who Embrace Nuclear Power,” New Yorker

 

U.S. eyes nuclear reactor tax credit to meet climate goals,” Reuters

 

UK to put nuclear power at heart of net zero emissions strategy,” Financial Times

 

Mini nuclear reactors vie for key role in UK’s push to hit climate targets,” Financial Times

 

France, Czech Republic and others push for nuclear in EU’s green investment rules,” Reuters

 

Watch and Listen

 

Do We Need Nuclear Energy to Stop Climate Change?,” Kurzgesagt

 

The fight to rethink (and reinvent) nuclear power,” Vox

 

Tiny Nuclear Reactors Are the Future of Energy,” Vice News 

 

Nuclear power: why is it so unpopular?,” Economist

 

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