Nuclear power accounts for 20 percent of U.S. electricity generation—and 60 percent of all carbon-free power generated in America. It is also the only form of carbon-free baseload power available in the United States or globally at scale. Given these advantages, many look to nuclear as a key component of any strategy to tackle climate change. Yet, in spite of its promise, nuclear currently faces numerous headwinds. A recent U.S. Department of Energy Advisory Board report led by John Deutch found that a comprehensive nuclear program in the U.S. would take “time, significant public resources, restructured electricity markets, and sustained and skilled management attention.” Are subsidies needed and sufficient for the industry’s long-term survival? What other changes must be made? What is the outlook for states like New York and California that have pursued their own policy choices? Esteemed energy expert John Deutch, examined these questions and more.


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