While the solar industry has cut costs a staggering 99 percent since 1977, the nuclear industry has seen costs soar. If you want nuclear power to be a big contributor to climate action, focus on those who opposed placing a high and rising price on carbon pollution.
With cleanup from the Fukushima Daiichi plant far behind schedule, this week both Japan’s environment minister, Nobuteru Ishihara, and former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, a popular national figure, spoke out against nuclear power.
A Q&A with Secretary Moniz, following his panel discussion at the National Clean Energy Summit. Topics ranged from Energy Department loans to nuclear power to the next big breakthroughs in renewable energy.