Thirty-nine years after the meltdown at Three Mile Island and almost five years post-Fukushima, nuclear power seems to be emerging from its long funk as a promising alternative to the carbon economy. Innovative new designs are changing the landscape of nuclear power and have the potential to redefine affordable, emission-free, and carbon-free clean energy. So why is it still a hotly contested issue?
Will proliferation of nuclear energy be among the solutions the world seeks, or will our long memory of the fallout from first and second generation reactors prevent us from embracing the promise of clean energy that new models provide?
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