Nuclear plants require external energy to keep them from overheating, even after the plant has been shut down. Any interruption of cooling water can result in a core meltdown. With the potential to kill untold thousands, and leave large areas uninhabitable for centuries, these very expensive plants with toxic waste that we haven’t figured out how to dispose of are a very risky way of generating electricity. Even decommissioning current plants is going to be a vastly expensive enterprise. America desperately needs to forge ahead with investments in new solar technologies or be left behind by countries like China.