What is one possible advantage of using nuclear power instead of burning fossil fuels?

1 Answer
Dec 31, 2016

Reduced emissions of carbon dioxide.........


We have to be careful in claiming that nuclear energy is a green source of energy. Construction of a nuclear power plant (especially with respect to the concrete used to construct the plant), and treatment, and long term storage of nuclear waste, may have a signficant carbon footprint, but once a nuclear power station is up and running there is no significant carbon dioxide output. A nuclear power station may present much less of an environmental impact than an equivalent coal-fired station.

See here for some numbers regarding the cost of power generation using different sources.