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Climate Change and Nuclear Power

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After 20 years and $9 billion, Nevada's Yucca Mountain won't be the final resting place for 60,000 tons of deadly nuclear waste piling up at power plants all over the country. So what happens now to a nuclear industry that expected a shot in the arm from demand for “clean” energy to reduce global warming? No new plant has been licensed in the US since the Three Mile Island accident 30 years ago, but Energy Secretary Henry Chu has promised to find a way. Has Europe developed safer technologies? What about cost and weaponization?  Would nuclear power be better or worse than climate change? 

Credits

Guests:
Keith Johnson - Foreign Policy magazine - @ForeignPolicy, Victor Gilinsky - independent consultant on Yucca Mountain, State of Nevada, Per Peterson - Professor of Nuclear Engineering, University of California Berkeley, Dan Hirsch - UC Santa Cruz / Committee to Bridge the Gap - @ucsc

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Andrea Brody, Christian Bordal