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Fossil fuels have an energy density of 1-7 kWh per kilogram -- a thousand times more than renewables -- which can be harnessed anywhere at any time, regardless of the weather.Access to these powerful energy sources has shaped most economic and political developments over the last 250 years. The world will not get the energy revolution it needs without realistic, scientifically sound energy policies. The natural science of energy has been well understood for a century, so surprises are rare. The same physics that explains why the energy density of fossil fuels is 1,000 times that of preindustrials also explains why the energy density of nuclear is 5 million times greater.One kilogram of the nuclear fuel that this phenomenon produces is enough to provide all the energy a person needs for a full life -- and it requires neither the emission of 1,800 tons of CO2 nor the release of 10 million tons of water by a dam.As a result, nuclear energy can be released only inside a working reactor. Such is the exceptional physical safety of nuclear energy.Without it, the energy revolution the world urgently needs will never happen.
Rediscovering the promise of nuclear power
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