Climate activists are rallying in the streets here and around the world today calling for urgent action curbing carbon emissions, while a controversial but carbon-free nuclear power plant 180 miles away quietly goes offline.
The big picture: It’s an ironic moment in history. Nuclear power provides America — and the world — with one of the largest sources of carbon-free electricity.
Many environmentalists nonetheless don’t support it because of fears about safety and radioactivity. Plants are shutting down under economic duress, and in some states and countries carbon emissions are rising as a result.
— Newsrum (@Newsrumuk) September 20, 2019
The final shutdown of Pennsylvania’s #ThreeMileIsland, where 1979’s terrifying partial meltdown became a landmark event in the life cycle of nuclear power in the United States, is imminent. https://t.co/f60T5zHTaZ pic.twitter.com/oye6n9YUKV
— NBC10 Philadelphia (@NBCPhiladelphia) September 20, 2019