Nuclear energy offers a combination of economic and environmental advantages that make it a critical part of America's energy portfolio. Moving away from nuclear energy would be a significant setback in progress toward a sustainable energy future.
Despite the recent green-lighting of the first new nuclear reactors in decades, most of the industry's celebratory assertions about nuclear power's revival, its potential to "jumpstart" the economy, and its relative safety don't hold up to scrutiny.
We need a cost-efficient, low-carbon solution to the nation's increasing electricity demand. Expanding nuclear energy as part of the mix of electricity generation options is necessary to meeting our nation's growing power needs cleanly and cost-effectively.