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Is Nuclear Power The Best Option To Slow Climate Change?

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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.

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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.

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