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Tuning it online and those of us here in the room for sticking around. And I wanna thank our panelists and their titles and affiliations are up on the on the screen, but I will also introduce them briefly here immediately to my left eye Cletus policy director of the union of concerned, scientists next Marianne hit beyond coal campaign, director of the beyond coal campaign at the Sierra Club next to her. It's Dan Lashof US director of the world Resources Institute here in the US and next to him is Karen Palmer of resources for the future. She's a senior fellow and director of the future of power initiative. So thank you all for being here today. I hope you've enjoyed the interviews with lawmakers. I want to offer each of you to a couple of minutes to respond to a question for me about what you've been focusing on lately. And Rachel I'll start with you. I was quite interested in a report that you guys released recently on the importance of keeping open existing nuclear reactors to what degree are you comparing? Comparing this message to the. Conveying. This message about nuclear power to the activists and politicians who are pushing the green new deal and other very progressive climate policies. Yeah. So the union of concerned scientists has for a long time been nuclear safety watchdog, we're not an anti-nuclear organization, and one of the things that we try to highlight in this report that you mentioned that nuclear power dilemma. That we released last year is that unfortunately, as a nuclear power plants in the United States are coming onto market fresh primarily because of the low cost of national guests as well as increasing energy efficiency and the full in cost of renewables. We're seeing on you care plans. Either retiring or being under pressure to retire and being replaced in many cases by natural gas, and that means that carbon emissions a growing as these plants are being tired. And are we so interest pointing out that we have a about a third of nuclear plants that right now are on economic under pressure to retire. And if they all were to retire emissions could rise by as much as six percent CO two emissions in the power sector. So from a climate perspective, that's a real challenge. And we point out the need to have a camp full approach that Christ you keep these plans online. Through ensuring that they're operating safely that they're not being given sort of unlimited endless amounts of money, but really open up their financial books and being given money in accordance with what's needed to stay online. And that at the same time, we're putting incentives for energy efficiency and renewable energy to be expanded as well. And that to us is having.