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What is nuclear energy?

Nuclear power plants use the fission process to create energy by splitting uranium atoms. The energy created by this split is then used to heat water, which is transferred to steam turbines to generate electricity. In essence, it is not much different from any fossil fuel power plant, except that its source of energy is different, which means that it does not emit any carbon dioxide. Nuclear energy has been hailed by many as the solution to our energy problems, providing a clean energy source.

However, nuclear energy comes with a great cost