Environmentalists Split Over Need For Nuclear Power

  • California is regarded as the leading state when it comes to addressing climate change.
  • But in 2012 California’s carbon emissions actually increased more than 10 percent, bucking the national trend of decreases.
  • In large part because California shut down one of its few remaining nuclear power plants.
  • A recent study that looked at what it would take for California to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 80 percent by 2050.
  • It concluded that renewable sources are an important element; but the demand is vast if the state is to convert all its vehicles and the heating of homes from fossil fuels to clean electric energy.
  • A state-funded study by the California Council on Science and Technology concludes that nuclear power would also need to be a big part of the state’s response — providing one-third to two-thirds of the energy.



Harris, Richard. “Environmentalists Split Over Need For Nuclear Power.” NPR, NPR, 17 Dec. 2013, www.npr.org/2013/12/17/251781788/environmentalists-split-over-need-for-nuclear-power.

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