Nuclear advocates point out that the much-maligned form of energy production is actually one of the safest out there. And, importantly, nuclear energy production has a virtually nonexistent carbon footprint. It’s a highly efficient form of climate-friendly energy production, and yet it’s still a hard sell. Nuclear power plants are being decommissioned around the world, and have particularly fallen out of favor in the United States. But nuclear still has a lot of fans who make a lot of compelling points, and they are intent on making themselves heard.
While high-profile nuclear disasters like Chernobyl, Fukushima Daiichi, and Three Mile Island loom large in the public consciousness, and the long half-life of radioactive nuclear waste is a hard pill to swallow, nuclear energy actually kills far fewer people than fossil fuels. “Coal power is estimated to kill around 350 times as many people per terawatt-hour of energy produced, mostly from […]
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