MIT Energy Initiative

The Future of Nuclear Power

An interdisciplinary MIT faculty group decided to study the future of nuclear power because of a belief that this technology is an important option for the United States and the world to meet future energy needs without emitting carbon dioxide and other atmospheric pollutants. Other options include increased efficiency, renewables, and carbon sequestration, and all may be needed for a successful greenhouse gas management strategy. This study, addressed to government, industry, and academic leaders, discusses the interrelated technical, economic, environmental, and political challenges facing a significant increase in global nuclear power utilization over the next half century and what might be done to overcome those challenges.

This study was supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and by MIT’s Office of the Provost and Laboratory for Energy and the Environment.

Study Participants

Stephen Ansolabehere Professor Department of Political Science, MIT
Paul Gray President Emeritus Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, MIT
John Holdren Teresa and John Heinz Professor of Environmental Policy Director of the Program on Science, Technology, and Public Policy John F.Kennedy School of Government, and Professor of Environmental Science and Public Policy Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Harvard University
Ernest Moniz Director of Energy Studies, Laboratory for Energy and the Environment Department of Physics, MIT

Executive Director

Eric Beckjord

Student Research Assistants

Nathan Hottle
Christopher Jones
Etienne Parent