Skip to main content

ALERT: KPBS Radio is undergoing scheduled upgrade work which may result in temporary signal outages.

LATEST UPDATES: Tracking COVID-19 | Vaccines | Racial Justice

Is Nuclear Power The Best Option To Slow Climate Change?

Photo caption:

Photo credit: Courtesy of PublicAffairs

The cover of "A Bright Future" by Joshua Goldstein and Staffan Qvist.

California is moving away from nuclear power — the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station closed over five years ago and Diablo Canyon Power Plant, the last nuclear power plant in California, is due to shut down in 2025.

But Joshua Goldstein, professor emeritus of International Relations at American University, argues in a new book that nuclear power is the best tool we have to meet our energy needs and prevent climate change.

Goldstein, co-author of “A Bright Future,” joins Midday Edition on Wednesday to discuss why he believes a mix of renewable energy, like solar and wind, and nuclear power is needed to curb our carbon emissions.

GUEST: Joshua Goldstein, co-author, “A Bright Future”

Subscribe to the Midday Edition podcast on iTunes, Google Play or your favorite podcatcher.


California is moving away from nuclear power. But a new book is out that says nuclear power is the best tool we have to meet our energy needs and prevent climate change.


San Diego News Now podcast branding

San Diego news; when you want it, where you want it. Get local stories on politics, education, health, environment, the border and more. New episodes are ready weekday mornings. Hosted by Anica Colbert and produced by KPBS, San Diego and the Imperial County's NPR and PBS station.

  • Your curated weekly guide to local arts and culture in San Diego, from Arts Calendar Editor Julia Dixon Evans, delivered to your inbox every Thursday afternoon.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Midday Edition banner

KPBS Midday Edition is a daily radio news magazine keeping San Diego in the know on everything from politics to the arts.

Want more KPBS news?
Find us on Twitter and Facebook, or sign up for our newsletters.

To view PDF documents, Download Acrobat Reader.