Nuclear power

Booker's departure leaves a nuclear energy gap in 2020 race

Cory Booker
Cory Booker. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Sen. Cory Booker's exit from the 2020 White House race means the field is losing a nuclear advocate whose views clashed with some top contenders.

The big picture: The Washington Examiner's Abby Smith points out that Booker "didn’t hold back in his criticism of his Democratic counterparts skeptical of nuclear energy’s role in a low-carbon future."

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Is 80 years just a number? Maybe for America’s aging nuclear plants

Illustration of a melting birthday cake in the shape of a nuclear tower with too many candles on top
Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

The presidential campaign trail isn’t the only place where 80 years old is becoming more common.

Driving the news: Operators of up to 20% of America’s nuclear reactors are seeking federal approval to run reactors for an unprecedented 80 years. The trend helps combat climate change — but it's also raising serious safety concerns.