• Many countries around the world use nuclear energy as a source of electricity.
  • France gets about 80% of its electricity from nuclear energy.
  • In the United States, a little less than 20% of electricity comes from nuclear power.
  • Nuclear energy is released when the nucleus of an atom is split.
  • The process of splitting atoms creates radioactive waste.
  • This waste may be dangerous for thousands or hundreds of thousands of years.
  • The long-term disposal of wastes is a problem that has not yet been solved.
  • The future of nuclear power is murky.
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