CNBC has a factoid-rich slideshow on nuclear power. This point is worth repeating:
Dr. Patrick Moore, one of the original founders of Greenpeace who once wrote nuclear energy was "synonymous with nuclear holocaust" has changed his tune and come out in support of it.
The role of nuclear power in America will undoubtedly rise in prominence in the next decade. A new President, a new Congress, oil prices and instability, and the consnensus that carbon-based energy is harmful to the environment will turn America towards nuclear power. There are plenty of other alternatives to get excited about because of their future potential, but nuclear is the only alternative energy source that can make an impact immediately.