Jason Deign of Greentech Media outlines the different criticisms and praises of small modular nuclear reactors (SMRs) in the fight against climate change.
- Opponents of SMRs believe that the new technologies are unproven and could lead to high energy costs.
- While new nuclear may be unproven, nuclear energy will be necessary to decarbonize our energy sector.
- One way in which the government can aid in the advancement of nuclear energy is by classifying it as a “green” energy source and lessening the extensive and cumbersome permitting process.
“Zeke Hausfather, director of climate and energy at pro-nuclear think tank The Breakthrough Institute, counters that the amount of government funding going into SMR development is relatively minor. And it’s money that likely wouldn’t be otherwise spent on building out wind and solar anyway.”
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