Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant, located in southern California This two- reactor power plant has a capacity of 2000 MWe. (Photo courtesy Ken Weber)
Comparison of accident statistics in primary energy production. (Electricity generation accounts for about 40% of total primary energy) Fuel Immediate fatalities 1970-92 Who? Deaths per TWy* electricity Coal 6400 workers 342 Natural gas 1200 workers & public 85 Hydro 4000 public 883 Nuclear 31 workers 8
<ul><li>Nuclear energy is the world's largest source of emission-free energy. </li></ul><ul><li>Nuclear power plants produce no controlled air pollutants, such as sulfur and particulates, or greenhouse gases. </li></ul><ul><li>The use of nuclear energy in place of other energy sources helps to keep the air clean, preserve the Earth's climate, avoid ground-level ozone formation and prevent acid rain. </li></ul>
Conclusion <ul><li>Nuclear energy is one of important energy alternatives. What gives nuclear an advantage is its past record, safety features, and economical promise for the future. </li></ul><ul><li>Energy should be taken seriously and education of our energy sources should not be limited to the school system but be shared with the city or state, and the energy facility. </li></ul>
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