Could Nuclear Energy Be Part of a Carbon-Free Future?

Nuclear energy is often presented as all good or all bad. In reality, it's a lot more complicated than that.

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All U.S. nuclear waste in history would fit on a football field. Whose field should we put it on? 😂

Is nuclear energy good or is it bad? Is it the answer to our climate woes or is it Chernobyl 2.0? Or, maybe, is it a little bit more nuanced than that? Today, we break down some of the criticisms of nuclear energy such as safety, radioactive waste, water use, and cost, consider to what degree these criticisms are issues, and discuss the future of nuclear energy in a carbon-free world. With special guest Dr. Jacopo Buongiorno: TEPCO Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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