Former Assistant Secretary for the Office of Nuclear Energy Ed McGinnis spoke with Joe ‘Pags’ Pagliarulo Wednesday to discuss the safety, efficiency, and affordability of nuclear energy as an alternative to fossil fuels.

“A lot of people are talking about the positivity of nuclear energy. It sounds evil, until we talk about the energy side of it. Can you dispel any fear I might have when it comes to nuclear energy?” asked Pags.

“We’ve never had safer reactors in our history. They all go through enormous scrutiny,” said McGinnis.

“Chernobyl was an older design. We’ve learned a lot from those incidents. We’ve built new designs that have much more robust safety and security features. These are not your grandparents’ reactors,” he added.

Watch McGinnis and Pags talk nuclear energy above.