My dad was previously a nuclear power plant operator that started out as a grunt after being laid off from electrician work and welding within the nuclear power plant. At one point he was in the HAZMAT suits, entering the reactors, removing the spent fuel rods and then going through the decontamination process. Fortunately he always tested negative and as a standard, you wore a small tag on your chest that would change colors if you were exposed or contaminated accidentally.
After doing this for several years, he applied for a job with another division of the illuminating company, CEI at the time, and became an operator at the coal plant. Between all the education both jobs required and gave, coal is much cleaner. Because of the high pressure firing systems burning off what would otherwise be emissions in say, a giant furnace, the gas scrubbers and other pollution control and reduction systems, coal is in fact very clean fuel. Much cleaner than burying spent reactor rods under mountains and such!
People are willfully ignorant and go by blind trust in the news, politicians that blindly trust scientists who IMO are often deceitful and on someone's payroll and blind idiots that constantly look for a conflict to champion so they can feel heroic, special and like a snowflake.
BTW the CO2 levels pushed today are absolutely deceptive.
400ppm 100 years ago, 400ppm today, 280ppm 20 years ago through cherry picked measurements.
You can research Svante Arrhenius the father of the CO2 theory. His measurements were taken long before there was any industry to blame.
Apparently the oceans and mantle are doing just fine at absorbing it 100 years later. Going back on coal is critical for our economy and in fact, now is a good time to start buying coal stock. Obama bankrupt one of the biggest coal operators in the world and millions if low information thinkers still celebrate this.