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Bill Gates faces "daunting" nuclear energy future

Illustration of Bill Gates considering a small nuclear reactor
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The optimism usually radiating from billionaire Bill Gates when it comes to climate change is starting to fade on one of his biggest technology bets: nuclear power.

Driving the news: The Microsoft co-founder has focused much of his time lately on climate change and energy innovation. In an exclusive interview with Axios, Gates said that setbacks he is facing with TerraPower, a nuclear technology firm he co-founded in 2006, has got him questioning the future of that entire energy source.

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Fact-checking my energy crystal ball in 2019

Illustration of a crystal ball with check marks and plus signs inside
Illustration: Lazaro Gamio/Axios

In early January I laid out 9 energy and climate issues to watch this year. Here’s my modified crystal ball — and a fact check for how my predictions are playing out in the halfway mark of 2019.