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Whatever Happened to Nuclear Power ?

At the turn of the millennium, nuclear power appeared to be on its way out, like land-line telephones.But the nukes industry appears to be in vogue again, thanks in large part to fears of climate change."Global warming has definitely been a big help to us," said Don Hintz, vice president of the American Nuclear Society.• Click here to visit FOXNews.com's Natural Science Center.Nuclear power plants produce no significant quantity of greenhouse gases, in contrast to coal-fired power plants, which account for 35 percent of U.S. carbon dioxide emissions.France gets roughly 80 percent of its electricity from nuclear and is said to have the cleanest air in the industrialized world, according to coverage of the topic by CBS News' "60 Minutes."Politicians and, ironically, some environmentalists have been calling for new nuclear reactors. In September, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) received its first application in 30 years for a license to build a new plant, and there are about 20 mo...

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