The release of energy from splitting a uranium atom turns out to be 2 million times greater than breaking the carbon-hydrogen bond in coal, oil or wood. Compared to all the forms of energy ever employed by humanity, nuclear power is off the scale. Wind has less than 1/10th the energy density of wood, wood half the density of coal and coal half the density of octane. Altogether they differ by a factor of about 50. Nuclear has 2 million times the energy density of gasoline. It is hard to fathom this in light of our previous experience. Yet our energy future largely depends on grasping the significance of this differential.
George Will presents the facts and arguments. Fossil fuels are the backbone of modern economies today. Like everything, they come with certain side effects. Nuclear power is the only option for the long term future. It can be managed so that it is the cleanest, safest energy source we have ever had.
Alan Waltar, nuclear engineer, Past President of the American Nuclear Society: Nothing is more vital to the advancement of human civilization than the abundance of usable and affordable energy. It underpins national security, economic prosperity, and global stability.