On a Wednesday morning, at about 4 a.m. on March 28 in 1979, a failure on the feedwater pumps at Three Mile Island (TMI) would shape the future of energy.
An overview of the TMI incident and its effects is given by The Nuclear Power’s Promise and Peril made by Retro Report here presented by The New York Times.
It says ‘Nuclear energy is still confronting the same issues that have dodged it for decades, from investment capital to worries about nuclear waste. But scientist continues to push boundaries in search for new ways to deal with our constantly growing energy needs.’ This is where Thorium Energy gets a short moment of attention as presented by Kirk Sorensen (@ 11:40).
Even though the TMI incident was severe USA is the world’s largest producer of nuclear energy, accounting for more than 30% of worldwide nuclear generation of electricity. The country’s 100+ nuclear reactors produce over 19% of total electrical output with no CO2 emission and five new units are now under construction after decades at stand still.
If it wasn’t for the TMI incident, at what percentage of electricity generation could nuclear energy be at today in USA? Would it be closer to 50% or even top the French numbers of more than 70%?