Nuclear Power Should Replace Coal-Powered Plants Completely

As much as 39 percent of electricity in the United States is produced by coal, which is more than any other source. Nuclear power, however, which accounts for 19 percent of electricity produced in the US, is a much better option and should replace coal power-plants completely, said the Energy Information Administration in a report. Both the environment, as well as the economy and the health of Americans would improve if that was the case.

Firstly, nuclear energy is far more environmentally-friendly than coal. The use of coal accounts for 40 percent of carbon dioxide emission in the United States. Besides that, the use of coal results in emissions of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides, which in return cause smog and acid rain.

Although nuclear power also has an impact on the environment, it is not as harmful as using coal for electricity production. Scientific American claims that when the two power plants (one nuclear and one coal-powered) are compared, the ash going up in the air from the coal plant would be 100 times more radioactive than emissions from the nuclear plant.

According to the EIA, there are 100 nuclear reactors in the United States. When their output is put together, it is still less electricity than produced by coal plants. It would take 581 nuclear reactors to completely replace coal plants. And lastly, another advantage of having a nuclear-powered electrical grid is that the industry would employ more people than the coal plants currently employ.
 

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