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History and Future of Nuclear Energy

Tomorrow’s World Today provides an insightful history of nuclear energy.

The C3 Take
  • Nuclear power was born at Idaho National Laboratory in 1951.
  • While popular in the 60s and 70s, some environmental groups have swayed public opinion on nuclear energy, despite the fact that it is safe, reliable, and our largest source of carbon-free power.
  • American innovation is accelerating next-gen advancements in nuclear power with small and micro-sized reactors.
  • Nuclear energy should play an important role in our energy mix if we are to meaningfully reduce emissions in an affordable manner.

“The future of nuclear power is exciting, hopeful, and integral for reaching the worldwide goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. One aspect in the future of nuclear power is small modular reactors and microreactors, built by organizations like Westinghouse and NuScale. These are modular nuclear reactors that are easier and quicker to build than traditional reactors. They are beneficial for remote places that don’t have reliable and affordable power like Alaska or in the wake of natural disasters that cause power outages.”

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The views and opinions expressed are those of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of C3.

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