With more than 180,000 evacuated and up to 160 people affected by radiation after two nuclear reactor incidents, it's no wonder that Japan's crisis has sent shock waves throughout the world with respect to the safety of nuclear energy plants. German Chancellor Angela Merkel took quick action, shutting down seven nuclear plants built before 1980 for a three-month comprehensive review. What about the U.S.? Could what's happening in Japan now also happen here? According to NBC News, there are 104 nuclear power plants in the U.S. that provide 20% of our electricity.
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U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu Speaks about Japan's Nuclear Incidents:
Because nuclear power plants do not emit carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, or nitrogen oxides, nuclear energy is widely considered a clean energy, but that may not be enough to secure its future, given safety concerns.