The Green New Deal launched recently by the Democrats is a welcome sign that some American politicians support urgent action to address climate change.

The deal's aim of cutting carbon emissions by 60% by 2030 is very challenging. It envisages abandoning nuclear energy as well as ending the use of fossil fuels.

This reflects the left wing inclinations of many of its backers and their preference for renewables. It's also a reminder of the existential threat now facing the nuclear industry.

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