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Do we need nuclear power for sustainable energy production?
Nuclear power is the most economical choice.
Nuclear power is the lowest-cost form of power per kwh as it is only
Nuclear power plants can also very efficiently generate hydrogen, a carbon-free fuel usable in electric fuel cells and internal combustion engines.
Nuclear power plants can be built fast.
Nuclear power is getting more expensive due to increased safety requirements when renewable sources are scaling, improving and seeing costs significantly come done, even offshore wind.
A new nuclear plant in the U.S. costs about
to build. This is more than 1,000 times as much as a new fracking well, and more than 3 times as much as the world’s biggest and most expensive solar plant.
There are other more economical ways of generating power.
it's only the second most economic choice (behind large scale water power), but costs about ⅔ of the next cheapest option.
Traditional nuclear facilities in the United States waste
of the possible energy they could extract from their uranium fuel.