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What are the current rates of usage of nuclear power relative to other energy sources for both the United States and the world?
Discuss several countries that rely on nuclear power as a primary means of generating electricity (France, etc...)

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Energy, Electricity and Nuclear Power Estimates for the Period up to 2030

Above: A Chart Showing the Total Electricity (%) that is garnished from Nuclear Power.

Notes to Point Out:

9 of the Top 10 Countries above 40% usage are in Europe

15 of the Top 20 (75%) Countries above 15.9% usage are in Europe

The USA uses roughly 19.4% Nuclear Power

Only Four Countries above 50%:

France (78.1%), Lithuania (72.3%), Slovakia (57.2%), Belgium (54.4%)
----Despite their success in the use of Nuclear Power, these four countries means of Nuclear Energy and Electricity have different origins. (See Below for More information)




Table 2. Fuel Shares (%) Of Energy Requirement in 2006(^)

Country Group
Solids(a)
Liquids
Gases
Biomass(b)
Hydro
*Nuclear*
Renewables
TOTAL
North America

Latin America

Western Europe

Eastern Europe

Africa

Middle East and South Asia

South East Asia and the Pacific

Far East
19.13


4.14


14.72


20.36


11.81


29.91


15.49


0.00
39.73


44.23


35.24


19.89


19.58


29.91


41.85


28.31
25.04


23.65


26.57


48.71


8.49


24.05


26.40


7.01
4.41


17.91


6.92


3.29


58.74


14.06


14.13


4.30
2.24


7.98


2.37


1.95


.095


1.53


1.14


1.82
8.85


1.08


13.18


6.09


.30


.47


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5.08
.59


1.02


1.00


-0.29


.14


.06


.99


.42
100.00


100.00


100.00


100.00


100.00


100.00


100.00


100.00
World Total
25.76
32.03
22.53
10.92
2.28
6.01
.47
100.00

Click to See real chart. (This is Replica)

The chart above is very important to the extent of the question set forth. Here we see seven different modes of accessing electricity to suffice our world's energy requirements.

Most noticeable is the fact that the Solids, Liquids and Gases take up about 80% of the World's energy requirements. The problem with this is that these three subsections include coal, oil(gas and petroleum...), natural gases etc... All of the above resources are limited in our natural world. However, the desire for these resources increases causing an increase in price for each of these resources. Thus, it is most necessary to find alternative sources for energy in the world such as Renewable Energy (Wind, Heat, Solar, Tide...), Hydro and Nuclear Energy (which despite the depletion of uranium, the supply still remains very large and reusable).

Now to look deeper into a few Nations who rely on Nuclear Power for over half their electricity (energy):

1) France (78.1%)
There are three main reasons France now relies heavily on Nuclear Power.
A) The French consider themselves an independent Nation, thus, they do not trust depending on volatile, war-like nations in the Middle East for energy. More on this idea is the fact that there are limited resources and the people of France realize that better now than later when the resources are dry and they have no choice.

B) France loves technological projects and has a high trust in their scientists and engineers. Therefore, in projects like Nuclear Power, the people have a large project related to the fields of people they trust.

C) The Government has opened up tours of Nuclear Reactors so that the people have gained a greater appreciation of the benefits and risks of Nuclear Power.

2) Lithuania (72.3%)
Lithuanians rely on one major Nuclear Reactor, Ignalina, which is the same model as the Russian RMBK from Chernobyl. Lithuania relies on the little Nuclear Power it has very heavily because once they became independent, the cost to buy fossil fuels became too extreme, and the lack of resources on the landscape made them look elsewhere.

3) Slovakia (57.2%)
Slovakians rely on Nuclear Power because the cost of producing electricity is half the average cost of all Slovak resources. Further goals have been set by Slovakia with the continued persistence of the Government.

4) Belgium (54.4%)
Most Belgian Electricity is run by private companies through Nuclear Power, rather than governmentally run Nuclear Sites. Belgium likes Nuclear Power because of the little waste it emits compared to other fossil fuels (reduction in CO2), the energy security it provides for the nation and the economic stability.

http://www-pub.iaea.org/MTCD/publications/PDF/RDS1-27_web.pdf -The two charts (see links as well) Energy and Electricity in 2006 by the IAEA

http://www.uic.com.au/nip91.htm
-Slovakian Nuclear Data and Information

http://www.insc.anl.gov/neisb/neisb5/3f_sb.pdf
-Lithuanian Nuclear Data and Information

http://www.uic.com.au/nip94.htm
-Belgian Nuclear Data and Information

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/reaction/
-Why the French like Nuclear Power