The Role of Nuclear Energy in Combatting Climate Change

March 28, 2024 12:00 pm — 1:00 pm
Webinar Only

An ELI Public Webinar

The role of nuclear energy in combatting climate change has been increasingly debated, as the urgent need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions grows. The Biden Administration is taking many steps to invest in nuclear energy, such as promoting advanced reactor designs, funding loans to build and restart nuclear reactors, and joining a declaration at COP28 to work to triple nuclear energy capacity globally by 2050. However, advancing nuclear energy remains a controversial goal, due to concerns about radioactive waste, reactor safety, and more.

Join the Environmental Law Institute for a discussion about nuclear energy and its potential for addressing climate change. Two contributors to a new Debate in ELI’s Environmental Forum will discuss their views on nuclear energy and engage in a moderated discussion about its potential benefits and drawbacks. Given the projected growth of renewable energy, are new nuclear facilities needed to achieve fossil fuel reduction goals? Will advanced nuclear designs address safety risks? How might the United States safely and ethically implement long-term storage for nuclear waste? Our expert speakers will address these questions and many more.

Mason Emnett, Senior Vice President, Public Policy, Constellation Energy Generation LLC, Moderator
Edwin Lyman, Director, Nuclear Power Safety, Union of Concerned Scientists
Jackie Toth, Managing Director of Policy & External Affairs and Board Secretary, Good Energy Collective 

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