COAL: It provides 70 percent of our electricity. Its emissions kill 24,000 Americans per year (70,000 deaths—that’s about 1,200 Chernobyls per year—if diesel and gasoline emissions are included). Coal burning alone annually emits 2.5 gigatons of CO2.
NUCLEAR:It contributes 21 percent, has never caused a single death to the public in the US, and, because it doesn’t burn anything, makes 73 percent of our virtually emissions-free electricity—the equivalent of annually taking 68 million automobiles off the road.
Uranium to fuel nuclear plants is all mined somewhere, and 85% of the uranium used in the US is imported and therefore transported to the US.
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