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What Are the Benefits and Risks of Nuclear Power?

What Are the Benefits and Risks of Nuclear Power?
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The main advantages of nuclear power are that it is well established, its use could be expanded globally, and it emits much lower greenhouse gas emissions than electricity from coal. The main disadvantages are the risk of a reactor accident, unresolved issues with radioactive waste disposal, and the link to nuclear weapons.

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Alexander Glaser Alexander Glaser - Dr. Alexander Glaser is Assistant Professor at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton University. He is a participant in the University’s Program on Science and Global Security and works with the International Panel on Fissile Materials, which publishes the annual Global Fissile Material Report.