the electricity still has to come from SOMEWHERE..."
Nuclear power currently supplies 25 percent of Germany’s power, 39 percent of Switzerland’s power, and 20 percent of the electricity consumed in the U.S.
“Turning off a single large nuclear power plant could require dozens of coal and gas-fired plants to ramp up production to make up the difference,” says Paul Fischbeck, professor of social and decision sciences and engineering and public policy at Carnegie Mellon University.
“These plants use fossil fuels, cost more to operate, and emit pollution that can lead to acid rain and ozone, and CO2, a greenhouse gas.”
The differences could be significant, Fischbeck says. “Replacing the Brown’s Ferry plant in Alabama with a mix of coal and gas power plants would cause CO2 emissions to increase by approximately 24 million tons each year. That’s the same as the annual emissions of over 4 million cars.
Finally found the article(again), thanks to RNS