Nuclear Science and Technology betters our lives, our communities and our world.
Each year, nuclear power plants produce approximately 20% of the electricity used in the U.S. and approximately 71% of all carbon-free electricity in the U.S. Nuclear energy will improve our air quality and reduce our dependence on foreign oil in the transportation sector by powering plug-in electric hybrid vehicles or producing hydrogen for other alternative engine designs
One nuclear power plant produces enough electricity 24 hours a day to meet all the electricity demand of a city the size of Boston or Atlanta. This nuclear power plant provides competitive salaried jobs and contributes to the local tax base. Nuclear power plants work with environmental organizations to preserve and protect the land, water, plants and animals around its power plants, and many nuclear power plants are habitats for protected plant and animal species.
Nuclear power is a technology that is available today to fight global warming and keep our air clean. It is the only energy source with near-zero carbon-dioxide emissions that has been proven capable of delivering, reliably and sustainably, the large quantities of energy needed by an industrial society. Also, the energy from nuclear fission is nearly inexhaustible*, just as is the energy from sources traditionally considered "renewable."
* Assuming that a closed fuel cycle which utilizes existing fast breeder reactor technology and/or makes use of both uranium and thorium fuel sources is implemented.
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Last updated July 9, 2012, 2:28pm CDT.