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CNN: To avoid a climate disaster, we need nuclear energy

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I am a passionate advocate for the environment and nuclear energy. With the threat of climate change, I’ve embarked on a mission to help overcome the fears of nuclear energy. I’ve been active in...

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"Earlier on the show we discussed this week's climate summit, where President Biden announced an ambitious new pledge to cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. But his goal will be virtually impossible to achieve without the use of a proven technology that produces huge amounts of energy with zero emissions: nuclear power.

"And right now America is going in the wrong direction on that. According to recent estimates from the Rhodium Group, the country is on track to shut down so many nuclear plants over the next decade that nuclear will drop from supplying 21% of the grid's electricity to just 7%.

"I know you've heard about the amazing rise of wind and solar farms, it's all true. But those renewables have an Achilles' Heel: the wind doesn't always blow, and the sun doesn't always shine. An electric utility has to have some power sources that run at all times. When nuclear plants are shuttered, that role has typically been filled by fossil fuels.

"Look at what happened in Germany, which began rapidly retiring reactors after the 2011 Fukushima disaster. That fed Germany's addiction to coal. In the U.S., states like California and New York have begun taking reactors offline - and then turning to natural gas. Now coal is the worst option, the dirtiest source of energy, and one that produces massive amounts of CO2. Natural gas is better than coal but it doesn't hold a candle to nuclear, which has essentially zero emissions."

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"I began the show by explaining how Americans seem to have lost the ability to think seriously about risks - and rewards. Nuclear energy is one more example of the problem and one that is crucial to overcome, because it could light a path to a greener future."

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