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Nuclear’s Power to Cut Carbon Could Rescue Industry in ‘Crisis’

Sept. 25, 2018, 10:00 PM

The nuclear power industry is in an “existential crisis” in Western countries, and carving out a role to help solve climate change is the industry’s best chance to save itself in the U.S. and grow worldwide, according to new research.

“The single most important opportunity for growth of nuclear energy on a global scale is its potential to contribute to the decarbonization of the power sector,” Jacopo Buongiorno, a nuclear engineer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said Sept. 25 while presenting the research to the nuclear power industry in Washington.

Buongiorno and other MIT researchers published the study ...