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Chapter One: Why is Nuclear Energy Important?

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Published August 01, 2019

The United States is the world’s largest producer of nuclear power, accounting for more than 30% of worldwide nuclear generation of electricity. Government policy changes since the late 1990s have helped pave the way for significant growth in nuclear capacity. For the first time in decades, the United States has the opportunity to think about what the future national energy policy will look like, and the nuclear power should feature as a low-carbon, energy dense source of electricity generation.