One News Now discusses nuclear energy with Myron Ebell.
Speaking of money, nuclear has struggled to compete against subsidized solar and wind power, while natural gas remains a cheap and "cleaner-than-coal" option. Even then, Myron Ebell at the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) says nuclear energy is also getting support from the federal government.
"There are a couple of nuclear reactors being built in this country right now," he tells OneNewsNow. "They are being built with federal payments and federal loan guarantees."
CEI prefers energy sources compete in a free market setting with no help from federal, state, and local governments.
Still, a nuclear reaction produces no carbon dioxide or other greenhouse gases – a fact that has led some people to tell OneNewsNow that if people are really concerned about man-made climate change, then they should get behind nuclear. The need for a solid energy source to aid a growing economy and population has also been mentioned.
"Some environmentalists say, 'Yes, we're going to have to have nuclear power,' but others, they have a built-in opposition to nuclear going back to the Cold War days and the anti-nuclear movement, the anti-nuclear weapons movement," Ebell reports. "They're not going to change, so I don't know how that's going to play out," he concludes.
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