Nuclear power output declines in U.S.

US Nuclear

Nuclear power output in the United States continued to drop as of December 11, as more reactors went offline or lowered productivity, according to Bloomberg. Production is 2.4 percent lower than at this time last year, according to Nuclear Regulatory Commission data, and 11 of the country's 104 reactors were not operating.

Some see this decline as a good thing for the environment, while others think nuclear plants should continue to be a major provider of energy in the United States. Earlier this month, the Natural Resources Defense Council said greenhouse gas emissions could be cut by 26 percent if stricture regulations were imposed on power plants. However, the former New Jersey governor and Environmental Protection Agency administrator under George W. Bush, Christine Todd Whitman, said nuclear power should be part of the national energy policy.

US News and World Report noted that Whitman believes nuclear energy could help the country become less dependent on foreign oil. Nuclear should remain part of the "energy mix" in the United States in order to meet electricity needs.

"[Nuclear energy] is 20 percent of our overall power mix today and I think it ought to stay there," she told US News.

PennEnergy's research area offers details on nuclear power in the United States.

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