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"People should think positively about nuclear power" - Elon Musk

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(Kitco News) - Nuclear power has a friend in Elon Musk.

The leader of SpaceX and Tesla shared his views during Italian Tech Week 2021, which was held last week. Musk joined the event via video conference. Musk's remarks can be found at the 22 minute mark on YouTube.

In the long term, Musk said most of the world's power will come from solar and wind. The world needs power, and Musk said we should have more nuclear energy "...or at least not shut down the nuclear power plants that we already have."

"People should really think positively of nuclear energy," said Musk. "I've been surpised by a movement away from nuclear energy. The reality is that it's quite safe. My considered opinion is that they do not present a danger."

Musk said if the shuttered nuclear power plants are replaced by coal, that poses an overall greater health risk.

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