We humans cracked the atom sometime in the early 1940's; built the first nuclear power plant anywhere on the planet in 1954 in the USSR. The US currently has 104 nuclear power plants.
Nuclear Energy Institute - U.S. Nuclear Power Plants
I can't believe I'm asking this, but I am. I'd rather have another one in my county than to have fraking for natural gas going on, or coal mining, or that benighted Keystone Pipeline.
What say you? Could we achieve energy independence via building more nuclear power plants, and if so, would you be willing to do so?