Nuclear could provider most of our power, but it is still ultimately based on a non-renewable resource and the U.S. does not have all the uranium or plutonium in the world. In fact, Australia has roughly 23% of the world’s uranium. Canada and Kazakhstan also have rich deposits of uranium. So we’d eventually have to buy uranium from these and other countries to supplement our use.
Wind, solar, geothermal, tidal and other forms of truly renewable energy would over time have a better chance of allowing the US to be energy independent. But it will cost more and likely take longer to build in all the capacity of dispersed renewable resources.
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