Nuclear power – energy released from atomic nuclei via controlled nuclear reactions – is a safer, more environmentally friendly source of electricity. Simply put, nuclear power is \”clean\”. No pollutants or greenhouse gasses, no impact on respiratory health, no connection with other adverse human health effects. So why are we still relying on coal and oil instead of nuclear?
There\’s no point in over egging the pudding.
The US doesn\’t use oil to generate electricity. Well, not in any meaningful amount.
Some 1% of US oil consumption is used to generate electricity. And given that oil provides a little over one third of total consumption, around 0.3/0.4% of total energy usage is oil to provide electricity.
The situation isn\’t much different in the UK. Oil is occasionally used as that very last part of peak, peak, demand, as it\’s quick to cycle up and then there\’s the people who use it to feed generators in remote areas.
That\’s about it really.