America is going nuclear, folks.

Nuclear power makes its detractors jittery for safety or waste-disposal reasons, but no power source is perfect, and nuclear is clean and cheap. But we're not here to say what's good or bad. What we want to know: How can you profit from this trend?

Buying the "standard" nuclear-power-heavy utilities is one option: Exelon (NYSE: EXC), Constellation Energy (NYSE: CEG), Dominion Resources (NYSE: D), and NextEra Energy (NYSE: NEE) (formerly Florida Power & Light). But James Early likes Southern Co. (NYSE: SO), a Georgia-based utility whose cheap power, good regulatory relations, and success at securing President Barack Obama's first nuclear loan guarantees should serve investors well.

James Early owns shares of Southern Co. Exelon is a Motley Fool Inside Value recommendation. Dominion Resources and Southern are Motley Fool Income Investor recommendations. The Fool owns shares of and has written covered calls on NextEra Energy. The Fool owns shares of Exelon. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days.

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