Environmentalists and nuclear power? It’s complicated

Salem nuclear power plant, new jersey

BRAD PLUMER / NY TIMES – Historically, environmental groups in the United States haven’t been big fans of nuclear power. But in recent years, the threat of climate change and a shifting energy landscape has made the nuclear question — well, a lot more complicated.

You could see that tension last week in New Jersey, where the legislature passed a sweeping set of bills that would ramp up targets for wind and solar power but would also subsidize three of the state’s nuclear reactors to the tune of $300 million per year. Before the vote, the Natural Resources Defense Council told me they wouldn’t endorse the nuclear provision but wouldn’t actively oppose it, either …

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