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Do we need nuclear power for sustainable energy production?
Nuclear power kills far
people than fossil fuels, per kWh.
Coal power kills 129 people for every TWh of energy produced, worldwide.
(1,840 times as many as nuclear)
Coal power kills 13 people for every TWh of energy produced in the United States.
(185 times as many as nuclear.)
Nuclear power kills 0.07 people for every TWh of energy produced
, including all disasters, such as Chernobyl.
Rooftop solar panels are
to produce 0.44 deaths per TWh. This is more than for nuclear fission with 0.04 deaths per TWh.
Nuclear power is the safest source. It is the least deadly option as measured by deaths per terawatt-hour among a list of energy sources that includes wind, hydro and solar (I couldn't find data for geothermal).
NextBigFuture deaths per terawatt-hour
This doesn't account for the
risk of nuclear weapons proliferation, which could dramatically increase the expected death toll per TWh.