Report Favors Nuclear Power to Cut CO2 Emissions

Pick your poison: nuclear power or global climate change? Former CIA Director John Deutch and former Undersecretary of Energy Ernest Moniz came out in favor of the former yesterday, with the release of a report they spearheaded that found that increasing global nuclear power production would reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The two-year study determined that almost tripling the world’s quantity of nuclear reactors could reduce global carbon dioxide emissions by up to 25 percent. (In the U.S., that would mean building an additional 200 reactors.) To promote nuclear power, the report recommended increasing safety measures, improving waste management, creating strong anti-proliferation measures, taxing carbon-producing energy systems, and offering tax credits for nuclear power production.