The Wall Street Journal reports that the current Miss America, Grace Stanke, is promoting nuclear energy as an important electrical power source. She is studying nuclear engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and will work for Constellation Energy when she finishes her reign as Miss America. The article says:
Americans still hold ambivalent views on the technology and are far more supportive of wind and solar energy, though opinion is shifting, according to the Pew Research Center. Around 57% of Americans favor more nuclear power plants, up from 43% in 2020, according to a Pew survey released in August.
The industry now has a shot at billions of dollars in federal funding through the climate-focused Inflation Reduction Act, the 2021 infrastructure law and government-backed loans for new projects because of its ability to provide 24-7 power without greenhouse-gas emissions.
Investors in the dozens of startups pursuing smaller reactor designs include Bill Gates, co-founder ofMicrosoft; Dustin Moskovitz, co-founder of Facebook; and Altman, who thinks more nuclear power will be needed in part for artificial intelligence. Musk has been calling on the utility industry to build more generation and called himself an advocate for fission at The Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council in May.