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Why Nuclear Power?

People working in the field are optimistic about nuclear power because

  • The energy produced per amount of material consumed is the highest available;
  • Uranium-235 can produce 3.7 million times as much energy as the same amount of coal;
  • Costs are competitive with coal, the major source used in the world;
  • Uranium, the source material, is abundant;
  • Plutonium, a by-product of commercial nuclear plant operation, can also be used as a fuel;
  • Nuclear energy produces less waste than any major energy production process; and
  • Nuclear power plants do not pollute our air by avoiding carbon dioxide emissions.