Opinion: Combating climate change with small nuclear reactors

It is time to seriously reconsider nuclear power as a means to deal with our climate challenge before it is too late.

The British Parliament declares climate change emergency. School children press for political action. The Guardian replaces the term “climate change” with “climate emergency, crisis or breakdown.” These shifts signal an increased urgency to deal with climate change. We are in desperate times that call for bold measures.

Surely, we must embrace clean energy — whether solar, wind, geothermal or tidal. However, these sources of energy are not available everywhere, and not all the time. We need reliable and stable baseload sources of power that can replace high carbon-emitting coal, oil and natural gas. Hydropower, when available, is a much cleaner energy source.

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