When people hear the word “nuclear” immediately they think of the nuclear bomb. Why? Because that is the only thing world governments talk about, is how they tested such bombs and how powerful they are. But, those people may not think that some of the electronics they use at home are powered by nuclear energy. Many oppose the use of nuclear energy saying it is too harmful. On the other hand, I support nuclear energy and how useful it is to the planet.
The USA is responsible for creating the first commercial pressurized water reactor called “Yankee Row,” which started in 1960. It was only until 1992 when it was finally fully operational. The first commercial power station in public areas was made in 1960, by General Electric. The first reactors…show more content… Some say that is isn’t clean at all, not true. Compared to coal, an inch long pellet of Uranium-235 has more energy than 3 tons of coal. It is extremely low in carbon emissions and emits more than wind power, but less than solar. For each kWh, of nuclear powered electricity, 149 g of oil from a powered station is released, 900g of coal from a coal powered station, and 17,000 Cubic Feet of Natural Gas. By nuclear emissions, England evades 40 million tons of carbon a year or 50% of what the cars in the nation drive.
Green America, an anti-nuclear website points out the nuclear powered energy makes a lot of waste. Waste in fact is maybe the most negative thing about nuclear energy. But, through more advanced technology, waste may be able to be reduced to nothing.
How a nuclear reactor works is a process called The Nuclear Fuel Cycle. It runs like this. First, workers must mine the Uranium. Then after scientists use chemical elements to turn the Uranium into U-235. After being enriched, it goes through fuel fabrication to a reactor to create electricity or to be turned into waste. The spent fuel powering the electricity is now called “waste.” Now the technology, waste can now be re-used to make more Uranium or Plutonium. However, it can only occurs a limited amount of times before the waste is too little to use. Thus, waste is still released out of a reactor, but is stored in a safe place underground, and away from urban…show more content… When the sun does not shine, or the wind does not blow, there is always Uranium. Future reactors are expected to power electricity 90% of the time, even through sub-zero temperatures in places like New York and Boston which get covered with snow. Extra Uranium is always stored away for future use.
Contrasted with coal, nuclear energy is remarkably effective. An illustration is one light bulb would be able stay lit for 4 years with coal. The same light bulb can stay lit for an epically 685 years! Likewise, if an individual were to join the contamination of coal and gas, and compare it with nuclear, 1.8 million lives would be the difference.
Then there’s the nuclear bomb. The nuclear bomb is one of, if not the most feared weapons in history. Just because a country has “nuclear power” doesn’t mean they have a weapon. There is a distinction between a nuclear plant and a nuclear power station. A nuclear plant is where bombs could be held. A nuclear power station is where functions such as electricity is powered.
Electricity is the most famous and common use of nuclear power. In most countries nuclear powers more than 10% of their electricity. The U.S. with 100 atomic reactors create 19% of our power, and 30% of the electricity around the