Bill Gates is a supporter of nuclear power and thinks we will likely see a nuclear reactor from TerraPower in2022. Gates has funded the company with Intellectual Ventures founder Nathan Myhrvold. The reactor will likely be built outside of the U.S. due to the difficulty in obtaining permits. TerraPower is developing a traveling wave reactor which would improve upon nuclear technologies created in the 1950s.
It is unlikely that greenhouse-gas emissions will be reduced at any significant rate in the next 50 years, Gates noted. “People underestimate how hard it is to make these changes,” said Gates, stressing the importance of cheap and reliable nuclear energy as a means to reduce global warming.