Nuclear power plants generate roughly 20 percent of the electricity used in the United States and are the country’s largest source of emissions-free electricity. According to the Nuclear Energy Institute, U.S. nuclear plants prevented the emissions of more than 642 million metric tons of carbon dioxide in 2010.
As America works to meet the often conflicting goals of powering our economy while reducing our nation’s impact on the environment, expanding the country’s nuclear capacity offers a reliable, long-term solution to both problems.
For this reason, U.S. utilities are constructing new reactors that will be producing clean, reliable electricity by the end of this decade.
Many other nations are embracing nuclear power because of its clean-air benefits too. According to the World Nuclear Association, more than 500 reactors are currently planned or proposed for construction in 43 countries around the world, most notably in China and India.