I’ve Changed My Mind About Nuclear Power

In certain circles, nuclear is seen as one of the best options for powering the world. For many years I too was pro nuclear. This is an important update because it changes what policies I think are best.

Why was I pro nuclear? In short, nuclear power can provide cheap reliable electricity without contributing much to climate change. It’s not as unsafe as most people feel it is. This made it seem like the ideal solution, if only we could rally the political will. I’m not trying to convince anyone here, but my reasons for supporting it are probably similar to others.

What’s changed? In short, renewables are getting cheaper, and are now cheaper than Nuclear. Combined with the fact that rallying support for nuclear would be much harder than for renewables, I think we should update again.

Source: Our World in Data

This post was cross-posted on the EA Forum

(Cover image by Kelly L)

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