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Western Countries Breathe New Life Into Old Nuclear Plants

Matthew Dalton of The Wall Street Journal reports on western countries’ pivot to nuclear power.

The C3 Take
  • Belgium, the UK, and the U.S. have all extended the lives of nuclear plants that were set to close.
  • France is proposing to build 14 new plants in the coming decades and Japan has recently signaled support for nuclear power.
  • Nuclear energy is safe, reliable, and produces carbon-free power.
  • American policymakers and regulators can expand our nuclear power portfolio by modernizing regulations and investing in next-generation technologies.

“The cost of keeping reactors open also compares favorably with replacing them with other low-carbon sources of electricity such as wind turbines and solar panels that suffer from the unpredictability of the elements, says the International Energy Agency. Nuclear power produces close to zero emissions of carbon dioxide, the main gas that scientists say is causing the Earth to warm.”

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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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