August 9

Analysis: Nuclear Power Is on the Brink of a $1 Trillion Resurgence, but One Accident Anywhere Could Stop That Momentum

By Catherine Clifford

Nuclear energy is at an inflection point. Early exuberance about its potential was undercut by a series of devastating and dangerous accidents: Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania in 1979Chornobyl in Ukraine in 1986; and Fukushima Daiichi in Japan in 2011.

But now, thanks to new technology and the increasingly urgent need to fight climate change, nuclear energy is getting a second shot at becoming a prominent part of the global energy grid. That’s because nuclear energy generation does not create any of the dangerous greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change.

In a panel discussion at the United Nations on Tuesday, a collection of nuclear energy leaders from around the world gathered to discuss the scope of that renaissance and why it’s so critical that the industry work together to ensure gold-standard safety measures are adopted everywhere.

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Source: CNBC (link opens in a new window)

climate change, energy access