The United States has been gearing towards a clean energy program following the Paris agreement and the rising demand from the consumers to provide energy needs with clean sources of energy.
United States’ nuclear energy currently provides for 20 percent of the current energy consumption of the nation. It also amounts to 50 percent of the non-carbon causing energy produced by the nation. Nuclear energy has always been said to be the clean energy alternative and very efficient alternative to combat climate change but this, however, is faced with a huge opposition from the environmental activists as well as the common folk, their concerns are valid as the world has seen huge disasters in the name of Fukushima and Chernobyl. These disasters have left a scarring impression on humans and have indicted the fear of the use of nuclear plants as they believe if anything were to go wrong they would be the first to get affected. Also, there are the concerns of the activists related to the dumping of radioactive waste, to which a solution is yet to be discovered since radioactive waste has also caused a lot of problem in history.
With all these factors and different statements by the different officials, it is difficult to say what future does nuclear power has in the United States, because phasing it out completely is not an option for the nation as they are yet to have an equivalent, alternative to the nuclear power. Nuclear power can also make a comeback in the recent climate emergency.