Not Clear on Nuclear: you choose.

Nuclear energy emits almost no carbon dioxide. So why aren’t we using more of it? Ever heard of Fukushima? There are apparent dangers to having nuclear power plants only twenty miles from family neighborhoods, but the environmental benefits could outweigh the cons. Let’s look at the facts. You choose.

The Facts

Electricity use in US: 

Nuclear: 20% 

1 Pellet of Uranium or 1 Ton of Coal?

Coal: 50%

Total Energy Production in US:

Nuclear: 9%

Fossil Fuels: more than 80%

How Much?

Nuclear: 1 uranium pellet =

Fossil Fuels: 1 ton  of coal

Nuclear Energy leaders:

#1. France: 77% of energy production

#17. United States with 19% energy production


Tons of CO2 Produced:

Nuclear: 250,000 during its lifetime 

Fossil Fuels:  2 billion tons annually

Race against time:

Nuclear: produces 20-30 tons of radioactive waste annually. We only have enough space to do this for another 60 years.

Fossil Fuels: we only have about 40 years left of supplies



The Danger

Could this plant devastate New York City?
Indian Point Energy Center, New York

Now here’s a test. Where is the most fatally located power plant in the United States? The ones by the Californian fault lines, right?


Just 35 miles from New York City, Indian Point Energy Center has the ability to cause the most devastation if anything were to happen to it.

According to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the odds that a nuclear power plant is damaged by earthquakes is 10x more likey than winning the multi-state Powerball lottery.

Think about it though, those chances are still pretty small…

…Small enough to take the risk?

Join the conversation. #thinkfwd


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4 thoughts on “Not Clear on Nuclear: you choose.

  1. caseywestonwood says:


    You have a great ability to tell a complete story by using the least amount of words possible. Something I wish I could do. You give strong CLEAR facts that make sense about a topic not many are familiar with. You post strong visuals along side the text that enhance the readers understanding visually. As a result you guide the reader through a compicated topic seemlessly. Great job!

  2. esoser says:

    I agree with Casey–excellent story telling while limiting your word count. It is clear that you have a grasp on the fact that people like looking at pictures on the internet more than reading lengthy paragraphs so I found your use of images particularly effective.

    I also like that you close out with a rhetorical question. Providing a chance for dialogue with your readership is just as important as informing them.

  3. Mike DeVito says:

    Absolutely excellent facts here – you really go the extra mile in fleshing out what’s going on with your dazzle, which is absolutely the point of these blogs. I feel like I have a much better understanding of the issue now. The stuff on Indian Point was especially interesting to me, as that’s the nuclear plant I was always worried about growing up. So awesome job on that front.

    What I want more of, though, is your voice. You have a very distinctive way of speaking (and therefore thinking) that I see in class all the time – I’d love to see it in your writing because a) it’s interesting and b) I’m pretty sure it’s marketable. Also, your first paragraph jumps around quite a bit – you might want to consider reorganizing for better flow. You’d have to play around with it, and there might not be a better way, but it’s probably worth looking at.

  4. Hi Chanelle,

    Great information and graphics, but I wish you had worked the facts into the story instead of listing them in table form. Also, the changing text colors and the seemingly random placement of the photos is visually confusing. It is also confusing when you underline things because I expect it to be a hyperlink, but then it doesn’t go anywhere. I agree with Mike that you should focus on incorporating your voice. Nice title nonetheless, and keep up the good effort.


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