Small modular reactors will worsen climate change

“There’s no such thing as safe nuclear power,” said physicist and professor, M.V. Ramana, as he ran down a compelling and comprehensive list of reasons why still theoretical small modular reactors (SMRs) cannot address climate change. During an online presentation for Nuclear Energy Information Service, now available on YouTube, Ramana showed how “every dollar we spend on small modular reactors or large reactors is a dollar that’s not spent on some other way of trying to deal with climate change.” He also showed how SMRs will not be safer or cheaper than the current nuclear reactor fleet, and will produce more waste. Given the nuclear industry’s negative learning, SMRs will also likely take even longer to deliver than already slow traditional reactors.

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