What Are the Benefits and Risks of Nuclear Power?

Program Summary

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.

Nuclear Energy FAQs

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