The pros and cons of nuclear power

Fears of climate change have prompted a fresh look

Nuclear power.
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Nuclear power is having a moment. After decades of plant closures, "the long controversial power source is gaining backers," Evan Halper writes at The Washington Post. In California, officials have been reconsidering plans to shut down the state's last nuclear plant, which "marks a turning point in the global debate over nuclear power," Mark Chediak and Will Wade write for Bloomberg. Recently, Senate Environment Committee chair Tom Carper (D-Del.) said he believes "safe nuclear power plays an essential role" in addressing the climate crisis.

Climate activists like that nukes don't emit carbon at the same level as fossil fuels, while Russia's invasion of Ukraine has highlighted the importance of weaning the world off imported fossil fuels. But a report from the Department of Energy notes that the nuclear energy industry is at a "commercial stalemate" and is "putting decarbonization goals at risk."

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