The 2017 Advanced Nuclear Summit
Published February 15, 2017
Updated On February 21, 2017
Third Way hosted the second annual Advanced Nuclear Summit on February 21, 2017 in Washington, DC.
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This year, we highlighted the enormous benefits that advanced nuclear commercialization can offer the U.S. With some help from Washington, our advanced nuclear industry can deliver substantial economic growth and competitiveness, job creation, and global leadership for America on issues like security and climate change. The AFL-CIO's Liz Shuler proclaimed that promoting nuclear—both existing and advanced nuclear development—is good for the labor movement and good for the country.
Domestic and international leaders in industry, government, and foreign affairs spoke about the tremendous opportunity the U.S. has have to maintain global leadership by supporting the development of next generation nuclear technology. But that requires policy support and investment in efforts like GAIN at the Department of Energy. GAIN's Rita Baranwal spoke about the need to innovate differently and how that infuses their work to be a valuable partner for advanced nuclear innovators. Thankfully, there is bipartisan support for advanced nuclear on Capitol Hill. Senator Chris Coons addressed the event and spoke about finding common ground on nuclear energy in this pivotal moment with Senators Lisa Murkowski and Tim Scott, who addressed the packed room by video.
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