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US needs to recognize value of nuclear power

Energy industry expect Daniel Yergin, pictured at his Cambridge consulting firm, gave the keynote address this month at the MIT Energy Conference.

Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff

Energy industry expect Daniel Yergin, pictured at his Cambridge consulting firm, gave the keynote address this month at the MIT Energy Conference.

In “As energy chief, Moniz is man in the middle” (Page A1, Feb. 22), Ernest Moniz, secretary of energy, says, “I think we need every arrow in the quiver.” The article also noted that he bristles at criticism that the administration isn’t doing enough to lower carbon levels in the atmosphere. I agree with the critics.

I don’t feel as if Moniz is evaluating the merits of each of the arrows to determine which have the greater contributions. If he were back at MIT, rather than in political Washington, he would conclude that, of all the arrows in the quiver, nuclear power is the only one that can produce substantial amounts of base load electricity without increasing carbon levels.

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In a separate article on fossil fuels in the same edition (“Fossil fuels at the forefront,” Business), Daniel Yergin, who delivered the keynote address at the MIT Energy Conference, says, “Renewables will grow a lot, but they will still be, 20 years from now, a relatively small part of the overall mix.”

Yergin also says, “We’re seeing perfectly good nuclear power plants close. It’s a no-carbon source of electricity, so there is concern about prematurely losing existing nuclear capacity.”

Moniz has the capability to recognize the current and future value of nuclear power and to establish the need for the administration to elevate its future use and development as a high-priority national mission.

Angelo Giambusso

North Andover

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