The US was a rich country once. We aren't anymore. Making decisions like "no more reactors" got us here.
The basic deal here is that each U-235 atom that splits yield 170 MeV of energy; 1.7 x 10^8. The average chemical reaction yields a few eV. (Source: Los Alamos Primer, Robert Serber)
As a country we can't afford to throw away fuel which is that much more powerful. It's not only stupid, it's cruel.
For example, we have people working in coal mines because we won't build nuclear reactors. Coal mines are not very safe at all.
About 20% of our electricity now comes from 1st generation nuclear reactors. They're being run past their design life. We need to build more just to replace the old ones, and they need to be 1000 Megawatt size. We really should ask the French, because they have had a lot of success in this area.
People are talking about "conservation". They've been talking about that since the first Earth Day, which I remember. When you add a lot more people, you still need more electricity. Without electricity, we go back a hundred years as a civilization.
It's time to make the tough choices instead of letting them go to the next generation by taking no action.