James Hansen, Climate Scientist
Updated May 2, 2019
All five of Pennsylvania’s nuclear power plants, which provide over 4,500 permanent and high-paying jobs, are at risk of early closure. Beaver Valley and Three Mile Island could shut down as early as 2021 and 2019, respectively.
Governor Tom Wolf has stated his concerns regarding the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Agreement and its negative impact on the state's economy and health. Saving nuclear power is the single largest thing the governor could do to help prevent emissions.
Pennsylvania emissions will increase the equivalent of adding more than 3.2 million cars to the road if Beaver Valley and Three Mile Island close.
In 2005, Pennsylvania already had the second highest number of premature deaths from particulate matter from electricity generation.
Pennsylvania’s nuclear generated 19 times more electricity than its solar and wind sectors combined in 2018.