The Environment Needs Nuclear
Nuclear energy is a sustainable and clean, safe
and economic way to meet the world's critically rising
demand for electricity.
By 2050, world energy consumption will double and demand
for electricity will treble. This dramatic expansion in
energy consumption, much of it in the developing world,
cannot be satisfied by "new renewables" like
wind and solar power even though these technologies will
contribute in certain localities.
Realistically, nuclear energy is the one clean-energy
technology capable of major expansion to provide
continuous, reliable electricity supplies on a large
scale. Raw materials pose no constraint, as prospects are
excellent for uranium supplies at stable long-term costs.
One-third of the world's people have no access to
electricity, and another third have only limited access.
In striving to meet their energy needs, populous
developing nations could greatly increase global
emissions of carbon dioxide.
Uranium is a natural element and natural radioactivity is
constantly around us.
Many countries have a strong commitment to nuclear energy.
Among them, China, India, the United States, Russia,
Japan and South Korea represent half the world's
population. Currently 440 power reactors in 31 countries
provide 16% of the world's electricity - with 30 more
reactors under construction.
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