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Live from #gc2011: Amir Adnani on the state of the nuclear industry

SmartBrief editor Mary Ellen Slayter had the opportunity to speak with Amir Adnani, president and CEO of Uranium Energy, while at the Milken Institute Global Conference in Los Angeles.

Adnani spoke about lessons learned after the crisis at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant after the March earthquake and tsunami and how nuclear power remains a crucial part of the energy industry.

Among his points:

  • Nuclear energy remains an important part of the energy industry. American support for nuclear energy remains high in part because it balances environmental concerns with the need for a low-cost, reliable source of energy. In addition, the U.S. nuclear-power industry has a proven track record of safety and efficiency, one that remains the “gold standard” for the world and has won over public confidence.
  • Transparency and communication are key. Adnani said the situation in Japan taught him the importance of sharing information with stakeholders and the public. Making information readily accessible can help people feel more equipped to make better decisions when it comes to their energy sources.
  • The energy industry needs a “balanced portfolio” to succeed. Every energy source has its risks and rewards, but a collective mix of energy is especially important in the 21st century to meet the world’s needs.

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