What You Need To Know
Nuclear power is the largest source of clean energy in the United States. Producing about 20 percent of total U.S. annual electricity, nuclear’s electricity production capability dwarfs other clean energy sources like wind, solar, and hydropower, which only produce 7.2 percent, 2.5 percent, and 6.3 percent, respectively. Nuclear power is carbon-free and provides cheap and reliable electricity, making it essential to lowering U.S. carbon emissions both in the short- and long-term.
Despite nuclear power’s safe and reliable track record for reducing emissions, leftist policies and extreme environmental groups have consistently undermined its growth. This has caused America’s nuclear power capabilities to remain at the same level for the past three decades while increased energy consumption has led to overall higher carbon emissions.
Unfortunately, the U.S. is currently ceding its leadership role in the nuclear power space to China, Russia and other competitors with poor track records on human rights, safety and international cooperation. It is in the world’s best interest for the U.S. to reverse this trend and lead the world in harnessing the power of nuclear energy technologies.
By supporting American innovation, fostering public-private partnerships, and implementing regulatory reform to reduce unnecessary delays and high costs, the U.S. can reclaim its position as a leader in nuclear power and ensure that the world has access to a safe and reliable method of reducing carbon emissions.