In the essay I'm doing, I'm trying to conclude with the sentence

As we can see, nuclear power is the most viable source of energy, economically, socially, morally and environmentally.

However, I'm not sure about what punctuation mark I should be using after the word "energy". The comma looks awkward, but I don't know of a more appropriate/natural punctuation mark.

  • If you want to keep the adverbs rather than use phrases like "from a ... point of view/perspective", I'd suggest using em dashes: "As we can see nuclear power is -- economically, socially, morally and sustainably -- the most viable source of energy." (By the way, wouldn't "environmentally" be more suitable than "sustainably"? We don't tend to find "sustainably" as an independent, isolated adverb, do we?)
    – Gustavson
    Feb 22, 2017 at 2:57
  • @Gustavson I take your point about "sustainably", but in my question's current form, what is the best punctuation mark to use? Feb 22, 2017 at 3:07
  • 2
    Yes, an m-dash would go well there. Feb 22, 2017 at 5:55

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No punctuation would be best.

'As we can see, nuclear power is the most viable source of energy economically, socially, morally and environmentally' is perfectly fine with no punctuation after 'energy'

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