Nuclear Energy Boosting Power Throughout World

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"France and Japan are leading examples of reliance on nuclear power with minimal ill effects."

The scarcity and cost of fossil fuels makes the development of expensive nuclear energy a cost-effective if not essential proposition.

France and Japan are leading examples of reliance on nuclear power with minimal ill effects.

At the first oil crisis in 1973, only 1% of Japan's electricity was produced by nuclear energy. By the second oil crisis of 1979, 4% was from nuclear; in 2000 the ratio was up to 12%, and the 2010 goal is 15%. As of 2005, Japan had 52 operating nuclear plants, 3 in construction and 8 in planning and design.

France is even more ahead: Its 59 nuclear plants produce 88% of the country's electric power. There are about 440 nuclear power plants on the globe. France, Japan and the U.S. combined produce over 55% of the nuclear power energy on the globe.

The advantage of nuclear power is that it produces large amounts of dependable and easily controlled electric power like hydroelectric, coal-fired or oil-fired power plants. Solar, wind and wave energy have huge limitations in terms of capacity and reliability; practically all deployments are still experimental and heavily subsidized.

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