Nuclear power generates 12 per cent of global electricity. It is America’s largest source of clean-air power. Nuclear power plants sit on just a little bit of land, with one plant usually generating enough round the clock electricity to power a small city. And unlike coal-powered plants, the only thing coming out of those cooling towers is water vapour.
Worldwide, 71 new nuclear plants are under construction and 160 are in licensing and advanced planning stages. In the United States — the world leader in nuclear energy production with 100 reactors — only five reactors are under construction. We need to grow the share of all low carbon sources of electricity.