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First Friday Series: June 2nd, 2023

Updated: Jun 11, 2023



Can Nuclear Energy Help Meet US Climate Goals?

June 2, 2023, 1:30pm EST (10:30am PST)

From the Inflation Reduction Act to Oliver Stone’s new film, there’s a renewed discussion about the role nuclear energy could play in the climate fight. Join us for an expert briefing drilling down on the issue, with highly qualified presenters including the former chair of the NRC.

WHAT? You’re invited to a June 2 Zoom briefing designed for members of Congress, their staffs, relevant federal agencies, and the media. It features leading independent experts who have critically analyzed nuclear power’s potential role in fighting climate change.

These experts will present evidence showing the evolution of nuclear power’s costs and risks, and discuss how to meet America’s low-carbon energy needs. Whatever your current positions on nuclear power or climate change, you’ll gain new insights by hearing and questioning these highly credible expert sources.

WHO? The following distinguished experts on nuclear energy will present at the briefing:

WHEN & WHERE? The Zoom webinar will take place June 2, 2023 1:30pm Eastern time. You can register with just a few keystrokes here. Feel free to share this invite and the registration link with colleagues who might be interested. The Zoom webinar is secure, and there will be plenty of opportunity for questions and dialog with the presenters.

WHY? The Biden administration and Congress both favor increased reliance on and federal funding for nuclear energy and advanced reactors. Nuclear is increasingly billed as a way to decarbonize power generation and help meet US climate goals, including the goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The Inflation Reduction Act includes hundreds of billions of dollars for existing and new nuclear plants, and to develop and deploy “advanced” nuclear reactors. Several other bills, for example the Accelerating Deployment of Versatile, Advanced Nuclear for Clean Energy (ADVANCE) Act of 2023 recently introduced in the Senate, provide additional funding for conventional and “advanced” nuclear power. The briefing will offer expert assessment and an evidence basis for analyzing whether increasing US investment in and reliance on nuclear energy can help meet US climate goals as promised.

This briefing is sponsored by the Samuel Lawrence Foundation, with support from members of the National Decommissioning Working Group, and the Sierra Club Lower Hudson and Atlantic Chapters. For more information, contact Stephen Kent at or (914) 589-5988

Presentation Slides

Dr. M. V. Ramana_June2023FFS
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Dr. Gregory Jaczko_June2023FFS.pptx
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Dr, Mark Z. Jacobson_June2023FFS.pptx
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