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Hello there!

Spring is here, vaccines are rolling out, and there is much good news to share: 

Climate News

Last week was huge for action on climate change; President Biden hosted the Leaders Summit on Climate, which re-established the US as a leader on decarbonization with an announced target to reduce GHG emissions by 50-52% below 2005 levels by 2030. The summit brought together leaders from 17 countries that represent 80% of the world’s GHG emissions, and encouraged nations to strengthen collaboration and take more aggressive actions to address climate change.

This builds on the momentum from the Administration’s American Jobs Plan that takes a whole-of-government approach, including major policies at almost every agency to reduce emissions and create high-quality jobs. We’re excited to help show how nuclear can play a role in this ambitious agenda.

Good Energy News

In our latest memo “A Policy Pathway for Nuclear Justice,” we outline how the DOE’s Office of Nuclear Energy can start to fulfill the mandate established in the Biden Administration’s Justice40 Initiative.

Grassy valley scene with a winding path that reads "Justice40 Initiative" leading to a group of outstretched arms in fists.

A Policy Pathway for Nuclear Justice

To align the nuclear sector with the broader Justice40 initiative, federal policies should center communities and address past injustices

We recommend four main actions:

  1. Include communities impacted by legacy weapons work as frontline communities; 

  2. Advance a transdisciplinary research agenda and build a more diverse nuclear energy workforce through investment in research, education, and training;

  3. Redesign the US’s approach to nuclear waste management; and

  4. Center equity and justice in the deployment of new nuclear energy technologies in the fight against the climate crisis.

This is only the beginning of developing policies that advance “nuclear justice,” and we look forward to your feedback and engagement on this important work.

Finally, our Senior Fellow MC Hammond was a guest on the New York Times podcast The Argument. She debated Todd Larsen of Green America on the question of “Should America Go Nuclear?” Give it a listen here:
The Argument Podcast: Should America Go Nuclear?
Nuclear energy has a major PR problem. It could also be the decarbonization tool we need. On the latest episode of The Argument with Jane Coaston, MC Hammond and Todd Larsen debate whether nuclear power should be part of our climate change solution.
That's all for now. Stay safe and we look forward to sharing more with you soon.

—Good Energy Collective

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