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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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  • Jul 28, 2021

"Elon Musk is 'pro nuclear.'

So said Musk on Wednesday while talking about making bitcoin mining sustainable at The B-Word conference hosted by the Crypto Council for Innovation.

Nuclear energy is considered 'clean energy' because generating nuclear energy does not release greenhouse gasses. But due to some high-profile accidents, legacy nuclear power plants can have a bad reputation.

'I think modern nuclear power plants are safe contrary to what people may think,' the Tesla and SpaceX CEO said.

'I really think it’s possible to make very, extremely safe nuclear.'

And 'I’m talking about fission. You don’t need fusion,' Musk said."

The article's author, Michele Tantussi, reveals a common anti-nuclear bias by interpreting Musk's statement "I really think it’s possible to make very, extremely safe nuclear," to infer "they aren't safe now," and lumping "legacy" plants designed sixty years ago with plants built decades later.
Like solar panels, there have been significant improvements made to nuclear plants over the course of sixty years.


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