After the oil rig explosion on 4/20 leading to the BP Oil Spill off the Gulf Coast, causing the largest environmental disaster in U.S. history, energy issues and proposed legislation to address U.S. energy independence have returned to the center of national attention. Energy is an economic issue, a national security issue. I've come to the conclusion that Nuclear Power is the way to go. We cannot afford to wait any longer for some technological breakthrough, or for renewable energy to catch up to fossil fuels. Clean, renewable sources (wind, solar, geothermal) should still grow and be encouraged, but we cannot depend on them to deliver us yet. For some perspective, nuclear power provides 78% of France's electricity, and France has 59 nuclear power plants. French nuclear power plants don't always run to full capacity, and also export electricity outside of France). Right now we have 104 nuclear power plants in the US, providing 19% of our electricity. By contrast, fossil fuels provide the U.S. with about 70% of our electricity. Doing some quick calculations, we should have 525 nuclear power plants to achieve Clean Energy Independence. (I calculated it to 100% because we need to take into account future growth, there would still be a place for alternatives). Meaning, it seems we need to build 421 new nuclear power plants. So my questions are... 1. Are these figures accurate? Do they take into account the different type of nuclear power plants? Does 421 seem to be the magic number? 2. How much would it cost to build 421 nuclear power plants, and how long would it take? 3. How much would it cost, after they become operable, to maintain these 421 new nuclear power plants? 4. How much uranium would 525 nuclear power plants need to continue operation? How many years would that last, based on current estimate of uranium reserves possessed by the United States? 5. Are there any other limited resources that would be needed to operate all these nuclear power plants? Are these resources available for this plan? 6. Besides safety and waste, are there any other possible concerns?