3,000th Member Profile – University of South Carolina, Represented by President Harris Pastides

A One-on-One with CASEnergy Coalition’s 3,000th Member

Why CASEnergy Coalition? “I believe that our country needs a diverse portfolio of energy options for the future, and I was interested in learning more about the role that nuclear energy can play in meeting increasing demand. I met with CASEnergy Coalition Co-Chair Christine Todd Whitman, who provided insight into the benefits of nuclear energy, and the work the coalition is doing to ensure that we will continue to enjoy these benefits for years to come. USC is honored to join the coalition as the 3,000th member and do our part to support a clean energy future.”

What is the most important benefit of nuclear energy? “There are three primary reasons why nuclear energy is beneficial for South Carolina and our country in general. First, nuclear energy is both affordable and reliable. Second, nuclear energy creates long-term economic benefits for communities around our state, such as high-paying jobs for engineers and technicians, as well as a positive financial impact on surrounding communities. Finally, nuclear energy produces no harmful emissions, and can help reduce our state’s carbon footprint.”

What’s going on with nuclear energy in your state? “South Carolina is ranked first in the nation for nuclear energy use, where nuclear energy provides about half of the state’s electricity. Our state is also home to the V.C. Summer Nuclear Station, where some of the first new nuclear reactors in 30 years are being built. This is a welcome development for both our state and USC, since the new reactors will create thousands of job opportunities both in the construction and operation, while also helping to keep the cost of electricity low for South Carolinians.”

What is your favorite fact about nuclear energy? “Nuclear energy is not only one of our largest sources of electricity, but also improves air quality by providing the majority of our nation’s emission-free electricity. South Carolina is known for its beautiful outdoors, and nuclear energy is preserving that by supporting clean air, land, water and wildlife.”

Additional Background
“I have a Masters of Public Health and a Ph.D. in epidemiology from Yale University. I have been with USC since 1998, when I joined as dean of the Arnold School of Public Health and later became vice president of research and health sciences. Before coming to USC, I was a professor of epidemiology and chairman of the department of biostatistics and epidemiology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. I am originally from New York, New York. You can follow me on Twitter @Harris Pastides and follow the University @UofSC.”

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