Revving Up the Debate over Nuclear Energy

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It's been 30 years since a nuclear reactor was built in the US. But in his State of the Union address, President Obama called for a new generation of safe, clean nuclear power plants to help satisfy part of the country's growing energy needs and rein in climate change. This week, he took steps to help make that happen, announcing another $36 billion in new federal loan guarantees to build nuclear power plants, on top the $18 billion already budgeted. But is nuclear energy safe? Is it the most cost-effective and efficient way to cut greenhouse gas emissions?

Credits

Guests:
Matt Wald - New York Times - @MattWaldNYT, James Connaughton - Constellation Energy, Ellen Vanco - Nuclear Energy and Climate Change Project Manager, Union of Concerned Scientists, Jose Reyes - Chief Technology Officer, NuScale Power

Host:
Chery Glaser

Producers:
Andrea Brody, Frances Anderton, Katie Cooper