One uranium fuel pellet creates as much energy as one ton of coal or 17,000 cubic feet of natural gas (Source). However, Every 18 to 24 months, a power plant must shut down to remove its spent uranium fuel, which has become radioactive waste (Source) and United States power plants produce 2,000 metric tons of radioactive waste every year (Source).
Solar panels convert 22% of their available energy into electrical power, compared to nuclear energy’s 90% (Source and Source).100 nuclear facilities in 31 states provide nearly 20 percent of all U.S. electricity (Source). However, coal amounts for 45% of the electricity generated in the U.S. (Source) and clean coal technology now exists which makes it much safer for the environment (source). One of the leading ideas is called carbon capture- trapping CO2 and turning it into a solid, then burying it (source). However, some argue that clean coal is a myth (source and source).
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