Why Nuclear?

Nuclear is simply the safest, cleanest and most reliable source of electricity available. No other energy source can match the amount of clean electricity that a nuclear power plant provides. Nuclear power plants do not emit any air pollutants, such as sulfur and particulates, and they emit no carbon emissions. Approximately 20 percent of electricity is generated from nuclear power plants in the United States, representing nearly 70 percent of our clean air electricity.

Nuclear energy provides the low-cost, reliable electricity that our country needs in order to maintain a stable energy grid. Nuclear power plants operate for long periods of time without disruptions from unpredictable weather conditions or fuel price fluctuations. Nuclear fuel is abundant and available from countries friendly to the United States, helping to ensure both low, stable fuels costs as well as helping to ensure energy security.

With worldwide population continuing to grow, electricity demand is expected to grow by more than 20 percent by 2030 in the U.S. In order to offset continued carbon emissions that negatively impact our climate, it is essential that clean energy sources such as nuclear continue to play a larger role in meeting energy demand.

Nuclear energy construction, operations and maintenance creates and sustains thousands of jobs throughout the country, and the communities in which nuclear power plants are located are among those most satisfied and favorable toward nuclear energy.

To learn more about the benefits of nuclear energy:

www.nei.org

www.world-nuclear.org

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