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While Sanders Rejects It, Clinton Embraces Nuclear as Part of ‘Clean-Energy’ Vision

Bernie Sanders has made climate change a central pillar of his campaign for the Democratic nomination for president, and he is adamant that nuclear power has no place in his vision of the nation’s cleaner future.

Hillary Clinton, to the contrary, believes “nuclear energy has an important role to play in our clean-energy future,” Jake Sullivan, Clinton’s policy director, told the local Idaho news source Magicvalley.com on Monday.

Sanders argues for “a moratorium on nuclear power plant license renewals in the United States,” on his campaign site.

“Bernie believes that solar, wind, geothermal power and energy efficiency are proven and more cost-effective than nuclear—even without tax incentives,” his platform goes on, “and that the toxic waste byproducts of nuclear plants are not worth the risks of the technology’s benefit.”

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