Resolved: The United States should significantly increase its use of nuclear energy.
Foreword: The debate over nuclear energy in the United States is an entertaining tale of competing environmental interests. Nuclear energy generates electricity. The demand for electricity in the United States will rise sharply over the next two decades. This resolution is a discussion of the strategic approach the energy industry should adopt to increase its supply. Coal-fired plants and natural gas plants are primary providers of electricity, but fossil fuels leave a carbon footprint. Nuclear energy may erase that footprint but it leaves its own radioactive footprint. Nuclear power plants result in the creation of radioactive wastes. Although other issues come into play, the debate over nuclear energy revolves around the issues of carbon dioxide emissions and radioactive wastes, giving the Pro and Con level grounds for argumentation.
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