Nuclear Matters Statement on U.S. Rejoining the Paris Agreement

The incoming Biden administration’s ambitious climate plan presents a new high bar for the energy industry to reach – a daunting but exciting challenge. Thankfully, President-elect Biden’s proposed tech-neutral approach will employ all the tools in our low-carbon energy toolkit and will be focused squarely on the need to accelerate decarbonization to levels never before seen.

Like many people in my age group, mitigating anthropogenic CO2 pollution is one of the most important technical challenges in the near future. As a graduate student, I have intimately researched and worked on R&D related to this issue for five years.

Today, Exelon Generation announced flawed energy policies are forcing it to prematurely shutter the Byron and Dresden nuclear power stations in 2021, providers of 30% of the carbon-free energy in Illinois.

With fewer than 90 days until the 2020 election and many states starting early voting next month, the time to advocate for nuclear carbon-free energy is now. On August 4, Nuclear Matters convened its inaugural 2020 Nuclear Caucus to discuss the merits of nuclear energy and outline what advocates can do to support clean, carbon-free energy leading up to the November election. 

Nuclear Matters applauds the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation’s (DFC) decision to lift its legacy prohibition on supporting nuclear energy projects abroad. The DFC’s decision will bolster U.S. national security, boost our economy, and help advance global clean energy goals.

On behalf of our 500,000+ grassroots advocates, we strongly support the recommendation of the Nuclear Fuel Working Group (NFWG) to restore America’s competitive nuclear energy advantage and remove the Development Finance Corporation’s (DFC) legacy prohibition on support for nuclear energy projects for three key reasons.

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