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Time to choose the green nuclear deal

The North Anna Power Station operated by Dominion Energy. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Three liberal academics joined forces in an approach to climate change that conservatives should enthusiastically embrace. Led by best-selling author Steven Pinker of Harvard, the professors declare there’s only one way to free the world from dependence on coal-burning power plants: we need to go nuclear, as quickly as possible.

In doing so, we could follow France and Sweden, which now derive 75 percent of their electricity from nuclear after crash programs that took just 20 years.

Despite fantasies of environmental absolutists, wind and solar can never support the world’s energy needs, leaving nuclear as the only clean, safe source of power. Nuclear plants would also drive down energy bills, power more electric vehicles and create literally millions of new jobs.

Instead of the radical and oppressive Green New Deal, Republicans should begin promoting a smart, practical Green Nuclear Deal, and sweep the election on that basis.

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