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Investments in nuclear energy could help solve the economic and climate crises

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Written by Todd Allen and Suzy Hobbs Baker

As the United States faces several key challenges simultaneously — COVID-19, the economic crisis, social injustice and the rising threat of climate change — the federal government is looking for solutions that help address multiple issues at once. Recent commitments by President Biden are encouraging: by tying the post-pandemic economic recovery to investments in clean energy, we can tackle all four existential crises at the same time.

During his campaign, Biden ran on a sweeping clean energy plan, pledging to achieve a carbon-free electricity sector by 2035 with net zero emissions economy-wide by 2050 as part of his “all of government” plan for climate. The president’s proposed tech-neutral approach opens the door for an inclusive plan to combat climate change, which includes nuclear power — the nation’s largest carbon-free source of energy. This marks the first time nuclear power has been a part of the Democratic platform since 1972.

Additionally, we have seen increasing bipartisan congressional support for nuclear energy over the last decade. The new administration can build on this strong foundation by accelerating its investment in advanced nuclear energy to create new opportunities in the clean power sector and take meaningful steps towards cost-effective decarbonization. The nuclear industry can be ready to accomplish this with advanced technologies and a commitment to align with the equity-centered approach of the new administration.

This op-ed was originally published in The Hill. Read the full article.

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    Glenn F. and Gladys H. Knoll Department Chair of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences, Professor of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences

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