Nuclear Energy is a zero-emission clean energy source that is vital to our national energy security. It generates power through fission; the heat released by fission is used to create steam that spins a turbine to generate electricity without the harmful byproducts emitted by fossil fuels.
Most people immediately think of solar panels or wind turbines when they hear the term “clean energy”; nuclear is often left out of the “clean energy” conversation despite it being the second largest source of low-carbon electricity in the world behind hydropower.
Nuclear is a Clean, Carbon-Free Energy Source
It is the largest source of carbon-free electricity in the United States and protects our air quality by generating electricity without other harmful pollutants like nitrogen oxide, sulfur dioxide, particulate matter, or mercury.
Nuclear has a Small Land Footprint
Despite producing massive amounts of carbon-free power, nuclear energy produces more electricity on less land than any other clean-air source. A typical 1,000-megawatt nuclear facility in the United States needs a little more than 1 square mile to operate. NEI says wind farms require 360 times more land area to produce the same amount of electricity and solar photovoltaic plants require 75 times more space. To put that in perspective, you would need more than 3 million solar panels to produce the same amount of power as a typical commercial reactor, or more than 430 wind turbines (capacity factor not included).
Nuclear is Powerful
Nuclear Provides Domestic Energy Security
With the recent conflicts with Russia and Ukraine, there has been an increased need for energy security worldwide. The conflict has demonstrated the need for domestic energy and the need to reduce dependency on other countries.
The US is the largest consumer of uranium in the world, yet produces close to none, despite having abundant uranium sources.
Nuclear is Safe
Despite common misconceptions, nuclear energy is one of the safest sources and has seen dramatic changes over the last 50 years to make the technology even safer and more efficient.
Comparative death rates per unit of electricity production
Why American Uranium?
Provides a safe, reliable, and cost effective source of American energy.