Backers of nuclear power hope U.S. President-elect Joe Biden’s focus on curbing climate change will boost the industry which is currently plagued with shutdowns, executives told a Reuters Next conference on Monday.
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The incoming Biden administration is probably getting more advice than it can consume these days. Three urgent challenges stand out—the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change and nuclear weapons. President-elect Biden is right to make the pandemic his top priority since it is causing untold suffering to the entire world. Climate change is an even more dire threat to the planet, though in the longer term. All three of these threats are well-understood, as well as the actions needed to mitigate them, and all cry out for U.S. leadership. But while the first two threats played a role in the U.S. Presidential election, the problem of nuclear weapons was hardly mentioned, nor does it appear near the top of the list of issues that concern most citizens. However, the threat posed by the presence of some 14,000 nuclear weapons, spread among several countries, is a clear and present danger that could claim millions of lives and cause severe damage to civilization itself. The most urgent actions that should be taken to deal with this situation are apparent even now.
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