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Climate change is warming public opinion to nuclear power

Jeffrey Merrifield writes in The Financial Times about how climate change is warming public opinion about nuclear power.

The C3 Take
  • Nuclear power used to be met with resistance, but concern over the climate is changing that.
  • In the U.S., Congress has passed a swath of legislation in recent years, including the 2020 Energy Act and the Nuclear Fuel Security Act, that aim to revitalize and grow the atomic power industry.
  • Internationally, more than 20 countries have pledged to triple global nuclear power production by 2050.
  • Meanwhile, anti-nuclear groups are losing funding and are shifting their focus to other endeavors.

“So, today, some leaders of the anti-nuclear community are headed to the exits, while a new generation of pro-nuclear climate activists enters to take their place — although, admittedly, the shift is not universal. It is a change mirrored in Congress and among the public. In the face of the existential risk of climate change, there has been a significant reconsideration of nuclear energy and, I believe, it will lead to the widespread deployment of a new generation of advanced nuclear units. What a difference.”

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