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Nuclear power will be the key to America's energy future. While we still live in the wake of Soviet-era nuclear stereotypes, the horror of Chernobyl, and face dilemmas on where to store the waste, nuclear energy is the safest, cleanest, and most reliable source. A nuclear energy facility can produce energy at a ninety-one percent efficiency rate, 24/7, with zero carbon emissions. Additionally, nuclear plants run on uranium, an element so energy-rich that a single fuel pellet the size of a fingertip contains as much energy as 17,000 cubic feet of natural gas, 149 gallons of oil, or one ton of coal- saving the United States nearly twelve billion dollars a year in energy costs. Thus, the federal government maintains a strong interest in propping up the nuclear industry, despite the stigmas about nuclear waste.