If all of your electricity in your lifetime came from nuclear [energy], the waste from that lifetime of electricity would go in a Coke can.

Stewart Brand

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"Stewart Brand + Mark Z. Jacobson: Debate: Does the World Need Nuclear Energy?" TED2010. Feb. 2010. Conference Presentation.

Additional Information: This quote from environmentalist and futurist Stewart brand means that from an environmental standpoint, nuclear energy is very desirable; the waste produced from one person's lifetime use of nuclear energy could fit into a 12-ounce soda can -- which is much more than the waste from one day's worth of coal-powered energy usage. Thus, nuclear energy is a very clean form of energy. The quote is from a 2010 TED Talk debate between Stewart Brand and professor Mark Z. Jacobson about whether nuclear energy is a good or bad thing. Watch the debate here: Stewart Brand + Mark Z. Jacobson - Debate: Does the World Need Nuclear Energy?