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Is Nuclear Power A Plausible Long-Term Option For NY?

Thursday, Jan 20, 2011

New York State aims to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions 80% from 1990 levels by 2050. The State Climate Action Council has issued a Climate Action Plan Interim Report that details how this goal might be achieved. As drafted, the interim report identifies nuclear power as one of the low carbon alternatives to fossil-fired plants that emit GHGs. The public comment period on the interim report runs through February 7, 2011.

The NYAS event will narrowly examine the following:
-Council deliberations: What long-term role might nuclear power play? Upon what assumptions does this role rest? What is the rationale behind those assumptions?
-Financing: What conditions must be in place for significant private investment in nuclear power to materialize? What’s the likelihood of these conditions materializing any time soon?
-New technologies: What new technologies hold the most promise for advancing nuclear power? How might they reduce costs, facilitate licensing, help gain public acceptance, and surmount yet other barriers? How easily could they be scaled up?

Sponsor: New York Academy of Sciences Green Science & Environmental Policy Discussion Group

Speakers: Jared Snyder, DEC designated representative to the Climate Action Council; William Horak, Chair, Department of Nuclear Science and Technology, Brookhaven National Lab; Panel Moderator
George Hendrey, Distinguished Professor, Queens College-CUNY

Date: Thursday, January 20, 6:00-8:00 PM

Location: New York Academy of Sciences, 7 WTC, 250 Greenwich Street, 40th Floor

RSVP: New York Academy of Sciences

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