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How can nuclear power help reduce carbon dioxide emissions?
Topic updated: 2015-09-01
Nuclear power plants produce no carbon dioxide emissions as compared to coal and natural gas fired plants. Today they produce almost two-thirds of all low-carbon electricity in the United States. But many of our 99 commercial nuclear reactors are likely to shut down over the next two decades, and new nuclear plants are extremely expensive to build. Nuclear power can be an opportunity for the United States to make significant decreases in global greenhouse gas emissions, but only if technological, economic, and social challenges can be overcome.