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More Nukes Is Good Nukes: Congress Puts $1.5 Billion Into Nuclear in Green Energy Bid

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Westside Gazette

Fueled by year-end funding legislation and government grants awarded last year, public and private sector researchers will seek to develop an advanced new class of nuclear reactors to create carbon-free energy that will help meet climate change goals.

Shortly after the Department of Energy's Advanced Reactor Demonstration Program (ARDP) concluded distributing $210 million in research grants for so-called "advanced nuclear reactors" last year, Congress signaled those grants were just the beginning, as it had approved as much as $1.5 billion for additional research.

"This legislation demonstrates growing confidence in our nation's largest source of carbon-free energy, while building on efforts to ensure nuclear energy is properly valued alongside wind and solar in the United States' carbon-free energy future," said Maria Korsnick, president and CEO of the Nuclear Energy Institute, in a statement.

"As urgency to address our changing climate grows, we know that investment in innovations, like next-generation nuclear reactors, will become increasingly important in meeting our climate goals," she said. "Federal funding towards proven solutions, like nuclear energy, should continue to expand to match the challenges ahead. This will require the deployment of new nuclear designs and policies that preserve existing carbon-free nuclear plants."

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