NE Seminar: “Where is the Love? Why isn’t Nuclear Power Embraced as THE Clean Energy Source?”


1:50 pm-2:50 pm
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Mary Lou Dunzik-Gougar, Ph.D.

President, American Nuclear Society
Associate Dean, College of Science and Engineering
Idaho State University


Nuclear power has maintained about a 20% share of the total annual generation of electricity in the US for three decades. It’s proven to be a safe, reliable, scalable, and clean source of electricity. Yet only one new reactor has come online in the US in the last quarter-century and new power plant closings have recently been announced.

Dr. Dunzik-Gougar’s presentation will focus on (1) why environmentalists, those concerned about climate change, have not embraced nuclear power despite the fact that it emits no greenhouse gases, and (2) what proponents of nuclear power can do to raise the awareness of the benefits of nuclear power.


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