The nuclear energy industry already is playing an important role in stimulating the creation of new jobs and economic expansion, providing both near-term and lasting employment and economic benefits. Nuclear power plants provide more jobs than any other source of electricity. Based on jobs per 1,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, nuclear plants create 500 new jobs, compared to 220 for coal plants, 90 for wind plants and 60 for natural gas-fueled plants, according to Ventyx and the Energy Department.
Nuclear energy is one of the few bright spots in the U.S. economy – expanding rather than contracting. This reflects a consensus that any credible program to address climate change must include carbon-free technologies and the fact that our nation needs new baseload generating capacity as well as renewable energy sources.
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