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How nuclear power figures into a green energy future

The words “clean energy” typically bring to mind images of wind turbines and solar panels, but the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill recently signed by President Biden sets aside money to invest in cleaner sources of energy, including nuclear energy.

NPR’s David Folkenflik spoke with former Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, now the CEO of the Energy Futures Initiative, about the role nuclear power might play in a green energy future.

“Nuclear energy today is by far the largest source of carbon-free electricity in the United States. That’s a fact. That’s indisputable," said Moniz. "And if nuclear is to be a significant contributor to continuing to address climate change, we will need to build on top of the existing fleet some of these new technologies.”

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