Nuclear power - revive it or allow a slow death? Today, about a hundred nuclear plants provide 20 percent of America’s electricity.
Once touted as a modern power source, nuclear fell out of favor after a series of major accidents – most notably those at Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, and Fukushima. A handful of the plants that once dotted the landscape have been shuttered because they can’t compete with cheaper sources of power. By the end of the century, the industry was languishing. But the urgency of climate change causes some to advocate giving nuclear a new lease on life. A discussion about the health of the nuclear power industry today, and the 21st-century innovations that could point to a new path forward.
Per Peterson, Professor of Nuclear Engineering, UC Berkeley
Edwin Lyman, Acting Director, Nuclear Safety Project, Union of Concerned Scientists
Ken Farabaugh, Former Employee, Vermont Yankee
Jose Reyes, Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer, NuScale Power
Jacob Dewitte, CEO, Oklo
Christine Parthemore, Chief Executive Officer, The Council on Strategic Risks
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