Use Nuclear Power To Combat Climate Change?

Three Mile Island. Source: Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post

Is nuclear power a way to combat climate change? Bill Gates, Microsoft co-founder and one of the richest men in the world, thinks so and is willing to contribute $1 billion of his money to the project. 

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The Washington Post in a story published online today, by Steven Mufson, reports: 

Bill Gates thinks he has a key part of the answer for combating climate change: a return to nuclear power. The Microsoft co-founder is making the rounds on Capitol Hill to persuade Congress to spend billions of dollars over the next decade for pilot projects to test new designs for nuclear power reactors.

Gates, who founded TerraPower in 2006, is telling lawmakers that he personally would invest $1 billion and raise $1 billion more in private capital to go along with federal funds for a pilot of his company’s never-before-used technology, according to congressional staffers.

“Nuclear is ideal for dealing with climate change, because it is the only carbon-free, scalable energy source that’s available 24 hours a day,” Gates said in his year-end public letter. “The problems with today’s reactors, such as the risk of accidents, can be solved through innovation.”

Some say his vision is not feasible, according to the WaPo article. 
Nonetheless, the idea has garnered interest by some Senators on both sides of the aisle in Washington. 

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POSTED: 01.25.2019 
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