If there is one thing that I have learned in this course it is that our contribution to our environment plays an extremely crucial role in global warming and what our environment will be like in the future for not only the current generation, but for generations to come. To go off my point of picking nuclear power versus coal power, nuclear power has significantly less of an impact on our country than coal. Nuclear power does not contribute carbon dioxide emissions as readily as coal does leaving it far safer for our environment. Another reason that I chose nuclear power over coal power is the idea that nuclear power is extremely reliable and will last longer than fossil fuels. Of course, coal has a significant amount of reserves on hand today, but eventually the world will run out coal and we will be left to find other sources to make our energy from.
However, nuclear power is a reliable source of energy because it has no carbon emissions, energy is available at any time, little fuel is needed for a lot of energy, and as time goes on, it is becoming safer and safer. A major advantage of nuclear power is that it does not release any carbon emissions like fossil fuels (“Advantages and Disadvantages of Nuclear Energy”). The burning of fossil fuels releases greenhouse gases, which is what causes global warming. The transition to using fewer resources like these and using more nuclear power for energy will benefit the environment greatly. Arctic environments will not suffer, and ocean levels won’t rise.
The outcome of this disaster caused us to re-evaluate how practical and safe nuclear energy use is. However, when you step back to view the facts, this “disaster” seems less disastrous. The radiation-affecting humans were in the dosage of 1 millirem, much less than the six millirems delivered by a common x-ray. Since 1956 when the focus shifted from nuclear warfare to nuclear technology, it has been used in multiple nations, rendering it one of the primary forms of energy production. Nuclear energy, despite opposition, provides a safe, practical, and environmentally friendly energy solution.
Nuclear power is a source of energy which is regarded as not only an answer to the forthcoming energy shortage but is also considered relatively less harmful to the environment. Yet the high risk it poses on the safety of human life in view of the catastrophes caused by it in the past, the opportunity cost of investing in nuclear power stations rather than other useful projects, and the extensive research and development costs that it requires make its feasibility for a third world country like Pakistan questionable. Nuclear fission was discovered accidentally in Nazi Germany on December 21st, 1938, nine months before the beginning of the Second World War(4). It was a discovery which would make one nation superior towards other and would cause millions of deaths at a later point in time. The Fukushima disaster triggered by an earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011, aﬀected several nuclear plants in Japan simultaneously(2).
Nuclear energy is very safe when handled correctly and with great precaution, “the process to generate nuclear energy is one of the cleanest processes, and makes lowest impact on the environment. It is due to the fact that nuclear plants do not emit any harmful gases like carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxide and sulfur dioxide, produced from the conventional electricity power plants that threaten atmosphere by increasing global warming” (Gupta). These nuclear power plants can produce large amounts of energy with only a few resources being used. These power plants only require a little amount of fuel to power it and “it is estimated the amount of energy released in a nuclear fission reaction is ten million times greater than the amount released in burning a fossil fuel atom”(Maehlum). The uranium used to power the reactors in the plants produce way more energy than fossil fuel where “one ton of uranium can produce energy that is more than that of several million tons of coal and oil”
Nuclear energy reactors are highly secure and the report card in the US has shown how controlled it can be. Next, there have been some harmful effects from this power source when not contained, but overall nuclear energy doesn’t pollute our environment compared to coal and oil. Lastly, there is a way to handle those who disagree by showing and giving examples of the safety and efficiency of nuclear energy. The fate of this arguable power source is a choice the United States will soon have to decide.
During the fusion process there is a light nuclei, and this has an advantage over fission because light nuclei are easier to obtain because there is more of them and then end result is light and are more stable and not as heavy and radioactive. Then we will take the energy through the reactor and the heat will then be used to produce electricity. The only disadvantage of using nuclear energy is that it is not an unlimited resource as it requires uranium and plutonium and those two products are themselves limited. Although we have just now started using these materials they will soon run out do to our increase in populations and electronic consumption. But nuclear energy for now is a good substitute for electricity until we can come up with a better way to make that energy in the future.
obviously, the use of nuclear power is remarkably economical. Compared to other non-renewable energy sourc... ... middle of paper ... ...y are sometimes made out to be. The use of nuclear power, despite drawbacks, is immensely beneficial. It is very cost efficient and environmentally friendly. Although there is a certain amount of negative, it is insignificant when compared to the positive.
It also offers information on why nuclear energy may be our only future energy resource. It addresses many issues that relate to the problem and suggests nuclear energy is completely safe and adds to the argument for a nuclear energy future. The authors are those of the corporation. They may show some biased towards the safety and future use of nuclear energy, but still provides some facts that have been brought up in other sources. The only difference is the argument behind the information
Nuclear may have its problems, its accidents and its rough reputation but from what I can see from what authorities (such as World Nuclear) are saying is that the pros outweigh the cons, for the time being it seems. In the long run though, I believe they’re definitely worth the investment.