Actually, nuclear energy has been the world's largest, by far, source of climate change gas free primary energy for about 4 decades. The questionable, racist, term "welfare queen" would not apply to a system of energy that required a $73 billion dollar US government investment over half a century, nuclear energy, and has saved, according to one of the world's pre-iminent climate scientists, close to 2 million lives and prevented the dumping of 64 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide - dangerous fossil fuel waste - into the planetary atmosphere.
Quick, how much money was spent on the Iraq war to make the world "safe for petroleum?"
The money spent on nuclear is what is called a "wise investment," and the return on the money in terms of human health has been enormous.
The bourgeois brats who hate the form of energy, nuclear energy, invented by some of the finest minds of the twentieth century, lacking even a basic understanding of it, have wastefully squandered a trillion bucks world wide in the last decade alone on so called "renewable energy" scam - which has served as nothing more than a marketing tool for the dangerous gas and coal industries.
Combined, after all this mindless expenditure, the solar, wind and geothermal industries, after half a century of mindless cheering, don't produce even 5 of the 550 exajoules humanity is consuming each year as of today.
I have yet to see an example of one opponent of nuclear energy who has ever opened a science book.
According to a publication in Lancet less than two years ago, air pollution kills about 7 million people per year, half from the dangerous fossil fuel industry, and half from burning so called "renewable" biomass. It is this simple fact that shows the mechanism by which nuclear energy saves lives.
If we spent the money that we now plan to squander on so called "renewable energy" - having learned our lesson on such squandering in the last half a century of renewable's failure to deliver even 2% of world energy - on nuclear instead, we might conceivable phase out dangerous fossil fuels all together.
Whatever nuclear subsidies have existed are only remarkable for having been way too small for the returns they have given.
By contrast, without coal mining, and oil and gas fracking, the wasteful, useless, and environmentally questionable so called "renewable" energy industry would collapse immediately.
The use of the offensive "welfare queen" term - which has been used to demonize poor people - shows how myopic the defenders of this fossil fuel marketing scheme - "renewable energy" - are, and how much contempt they hold for the three billion people on this planet who are living in miserable poverty despite the real opportunity that we have - using the finest form of energy ever discovered by the human race, nuclear energy - to provide decent lives for them.