Why Do We Need Nuclear?

  • Only nuclear power can lift all humans out of poverty without cooking the planet, or keeping cities like Delhi and Beijing caked in deadly particulate matter.
  • Coal and fossil fuels can lift people out of poverty but at a high environmental cost.
  • Solar and wind are too diffuse and not reliable enough to power factories and cities, and thus cannot lift people out of poverty nor reduce emissions from fossil fuel-powered electrical systems more than only modestly
  • Hydro can lift people out of poverty and is low-carbon, but it’s limited — most rich world rivers are over-dammed.
  • Spraying sulfur particles into the atmosphere can temporarily cool the earth but not reduce humankind’s negative environmental impact or lift all people out of poverty.
  • Everything is in place to build more nuclear plants.
  • They are the safest way to make reliable electricity and use the least amount of natural resources and produce the least amount of waste.


“Energy and the Environment.” Environmental Progress, environmentalprogress.org/energy-and-environment/#why-nuclear.

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