Last Updated Apr 21, 2010 5:29 AM EDT
So why have we ignored the opportunity? Is it an emotive response, with a fear of disaster or terrorist activity, or is it because we just want to protect our coal industry?
In today's BTalk I ask Brian Wirth, Associate Professor at the Nuclear Engineering Department at the University of California, Berkeley, to counter the common fears of nuclear power; an accident, waste disposal and terrorist activity.
Nuclear power stations are expensive to build of course, but in the long term they could pay-off. Right now, consumers and businesses are being faced with increasing power bills. Could nuclear be part of the long term answer here?