This week's episode of the Energy Central Power Perspectives Podcast featured guest Rudy Shankar, the Director of Energy Systems Engineering at Lehigh University. In that role, Rudy has been advocating for a multi-tiered energy generation approach to reduce emissions and face the climate reality, and he contends specifically that the role of nuclear energy needs to be boosted in that fight.
It’s well past time for the U.S. power grid to embrace a renaissance of nuclear power and tap into it as the readily available, carbon-free, and economic clean energy source availed by nuclear power, contends Rudy. And while he understands the hesitations some feel about nuclear energy and recognizes the need for renewables to continue to grow as well, he shares with podcast host Jason Price and producer Matt Chester the outline of why nuclear energy needs to be embraced to play an increasing role in the fight against the climate crisis:
We're not meeting the Paris Accord climate goals, and we are kind of falling behind right now. And so we can rely on nuclear energy, which has been used for almost seven decades in the United States. We have good operating experience with nuclear energy. And so I see that as a very strong candidate and also in the developments that are taking place in nuclear energy with small modular reactors.
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Episode #41: 'The Increasing Role of Nuclear Energy to Meet Climate Change Challenges’ with Rudy Shankar of Lehigh University [an Energy Central Power Perspectives™ Podcast]
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