A strong U.S. nuclear energy industry is fundamental to America’s national security. Our 98 nuclear plants are among the most robust elements of U.S. critical infrastructure. Nuclear energy also is by far our nation’s largest source (56%) of emission-free generation – important because the national security community identifies climate change as a security risk.
Competitiveness internationally also is inextricably linked to a strong domestic nuclear program. Today, there are 56 reactors under construction in the world largely driven by China and Russia. The U.S. needs a strong domestic industry and supply chain to maintain our leadership internationally.