1) Nuclear Energy has an Unrivaled Public Health and Safety Record
The major safety studies from a variety of authoritative institutions show that nuclear energy causes fewer deaths, injuries, and illnesses than the fossil fueled technologies we rely on for most of our round-the-clock electricity generation. Nuclear fuel is more compact, far better contained, and easier to monitor than fossil fuel.
2) The Vastness of Nuclear Fuel Resources
The estimates of total uranium and thorium supplies eclipse even the most optimistic supplies of fossil fuels (nuclear fuel resources even exceed the best estimates of the enormous methane hydrate formations in the worlds’ oceans).
3) Nuclear Energy Matches the Scale of Global Energy Demand
The simple arithmetic of the populations and economic demand from large developing economies (e.g., China, India, Brazil, South Africa, etc.) will eclipse the developed world within a generation. ONLY nuclear power can supply these increased demands for energy while requiring less material, less land for mining, and lesser impacts on the environment than either fossil fuels or the proposed renewables.
4) Nuclear Energy is Reliable
An all renewable economy requires electric storage technologies that do NOT exist in an economic form. To provide round the clock electricity using an all renewables portfolio, the system would have partially used generation (i.e., the sun and wind do not operate 24/7) combined with energy storage that would also be partially used. Nuclear energy provides electricity day and night without the need for expensive energy storage.
5) Nuclear Energy is a Low Carbon Source of Energy
With modern methods of mining and enrichment, nuclear energy emits far less carbon than fossil fuels. Although the issue of climate change remains controversial within many sectors of society, it is important to acknowledge the low carbon output of nuclear energy should the need for greenhouse gas reduction become a societal priority.
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