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Nuclear power plants are seen as an effective alternative to fossil fuels as they are more reliable than other alternative energies and cheaper to keep running. Countries like France and Sweden have already taken the leap to decarbonize by primarily using nuclear power. More often countries remain like the United States, weary of the implementation of an energy source that has the potential to bring catastrophic damage. They have not forgotten the accidents at Fukushima or Chernobyl. While governments may be more forgiving as they see the economic benefits that come with the risk, the opinion of the public is one that is harder to sway.

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The Political Struggle Surrounding Nuclear Power