White House Summit Casts Spotlight on Nuclear Energy's Role in Fighting Climate Change

Nov 06, 2015, 09:37 ET from Nuclear Energy Institute

WASHINGTON, Nov. 6, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The Obama administration is holding the White House Summit on Nuclear Energy today discussing the role of nuclear energy in reducing carbon emissions linked to the threat of climate change. The event will be live streamed on WhiteHouse.gov and YouTube beginning at 1 p.m. ET.

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"Nuclear energy has a really important role to play in the fight against climate change, and I think administrations in the past have recognized this but they've tended to be kind of quiet about it," said Eileen Claussen, founder of the Pew Center on Global Climate Change.

"What's important about this White House meeting is that in a sense it's a coming out meeting," Claussen said. "Here we have an administration that is making it clear that nuclear energy is important in the fight against climate change, and some of the new nuclear technologies will be energy sources for the future."

NEI appreciates the administration's efforts to spotlight the fact that nuclear energy is key to reducing carbon emissions in the electric sector. If the U.S. is to substantially reduce carbon emissions, the nation cannot afford to prematurely shut down any more operating nuclear plants because of flawed electricity markets.

Also on the agenda for Friday's meeting are discussions of advanced nuclear technologies like small modular reactors, and how the U.S. nuclear industry furthers multiple national objectives including: global nuclear safety, nonproliferation, job creation and technology leadership.

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