Sorting through the issues is needed now more than ever.
As Americans, we value the safety and security of nuclear plants; we need affordable and reliable (24/7/365) electricity, and we have recognized that we want all of this from clean sources.
SAFE AND SECURE
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Multiple layers of physical security, together with high levels of operational performance, protect plant workers, the public and the environment .
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AFFORDABLE AND RELIABLE
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We need to focus on clean, affordable, reliable and sustainable sources of energy that can help us right now—today.
The facts are clear and surprising relative to the pollution being made by electricity generation for our planet:
- The process of generating electricity is the single largest source of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the U.S., surpassing emissions from transportation, industrial facilities and other sources.
- Nearly 40 percent of these gases from man-made sources in the U.S. come from fossil-fuel electric power plants.
- Nuclear power plants and renewable sources like hydro, wind and solar produce almost no greenhouse emissions in the production of electricity.
Positive impacts are being made by nuclear energy.
The amounts of emissions avoided are staggering and impressive:
- According to the U.S. Department of Energy and the Energy Information Administration, the single most effective emission control strategy for utilities was to increase nuclear generation.
- Nuclear generated electricity avoids almost 650 million metric tons of carbon dioxide per year in the U.S. This is nearly as much carbon dioxide as is released from all U.S. passenger cars. Additionally, nuclear generation of electricity avoids more than half a million tons of nitrogen oxide and two million tons of sulfur dioxide annually in the United States.
- Worldwide nuclear energy avoids on average the emissions of about 2.5 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide per year.