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rise and fall of nuclear power

rise and fall graph

Events
1973 - Arab oil embargo
1977 - Carter's policy not to reprocess spent fuel
1979 - Three Mile Island accident
1979 - China Syndrome movie release
1986 - Chernobyl accident

FACT: Between 1974 and 1991, more than 200 power plants were canceled about half fossil fuel, half nuclear█as demand for electricity dropped after the '73 Arab oil embargo. Plant cancellations were not the result of the TMI accident, as is commonly thought.

SOURCE:Nuclear Energy Institute


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