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Dozens of countries pledge support for nuclear power, despite lingering concerns

A crowd of people wearing business suits walks towards a convention center building decorated with banners for the nuclear energy summit.
Attendees arrive for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Nuclear Energy Summit at the Brussels Expo on March 21st, 2024.  | Photo by Nicolas Maeterlinck / BELGA / AFP via Getty Images

More than 30 countries have pledged to pursue nuclear energy as one way to meet global climate goals. Even so, nuclear energy is still a controversial energy source that’s bogged down by concerns about radioactive waste, safety, and high costs.

At a nuclear energy summit in Brussels yesterday, the countries pledged “to work to fully unlock the potential of nuclear energy by taking measures such as enabling conditions to support and competitively finance the lifetime extension of existing nuclear reactors, the construction of new nuclear power plants and the early deployment of advanced reactors,” The Associated Press reports. The US, China, Japan, France, Britain, and Saudi Arabia were among the 34 countries to sign the pledge.

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