The anti-nuclear nonsense is a big part of the reason we are where we are today. If we have kept building like we were warming would be much less.
Carter went and visited right after the accident to calm people and it had the opposite effect.
In 1952, Carter began an association with the US Navy's fledgling nuclear submarine program, then led by Captain Hyman G. Rickover. Rickover's demands on his men and machines were legendary, and Carter later said that, next to his parents, Rickover was the greatest influence on his life.
The President of the United States could not reassure people as to the safety of nuclear energy after the accident, despite his experience and education.