President Biden signed the Historic Infrastructure Bill this week. And got into the act: the Biden administration’s belief in the importance of nuclear power.
“We are very optimistic about these advanced nuclear reactors,” Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said at the recent United Nations Climate Conference. “We actually invested a lot of money in researching and developing these.”
There is now government funding provided to put shovels in the ground for new test plants:
“We plan to move the earth as early as 2023,” said Benjamin Reinke, senior director of a nuclear reactor and fuel design company. “We’re going to need a lot of manpower for this project. Pipefitters and construction workers of all types.
But not everyone is so sure about the promise of nuclear power.
“I don’t think they can know at the moment how much these new plants will cost, if they will have a reliable supply of fuel,” said Allison Macfarlane, former chair of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Today, About: Nuclear Power and America’s Clean Energy Future.
Ernest Moniz, professor of physics and systems engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Former US Secretary of Energy. (@ErnestMoniz)
Allison Macfarlane, Director of the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs at the University of British Columbia. Former Chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Author of “Uncertainty Underground”. (@allisonmacfar)
Rita baranwal, vice president of nuclear energy and director of nuclear at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), a nonprofit organization. Former Deputy Secretary in the Office of Nuclear Energy of the Ministry of Energy. (@ RitaB66)
Benjamin reinke, Senior Director of Corporate Strategy at X-energy, a nuclear reactor and fuel design company.
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