The Benefits of Nuclear Power

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Nuclear power currently supplies over half of Ontario’s energy. Despite its usefulness, there are many misconceptions that nuclear power is unsafe, harmful to the environment, and promotes development of weapons. However, this essay will prove that nuclear power is safe, cost effective, and environmentally friendly compared to other sources of energy, as well as discuss some of the important uses for nuclear technology. Canada should continue to invest in nuclear power because it offers many benefits compared to other sources of electricity, plays a vital role in fields other than power generation, and is safe and secure. In today’s society, there is much discussion about the environmental impacts of renewable energy sources such as solar, wind and hydro; and non-renewable sources such as coal and natural gas. Nuclear is more cost-effective compared to renewable source (Jeremy Whitlock), consistent, and can produce electricity at a much larger scale.(“Where Is My Electricity Coming From at This Hour? (if I Live in Ontario)”) Wind power, for example, must be backed up by coal or natural gas plants because of its inconsistency, and can also put enormous strain on the electricity grid, because its electricity production cannot be controlled. (“Intermittent Nature of Green Power Is Challenge for Utilities - NYTimes.com”) Additionally, wind and solar farms require massive amounts of land compared to nuclear. (“Nuclear Power Vs Wind Farms: The Infographic the Government Doesn’t Want You to See – Telegraph Blogs”) Hydroelectricity is the only comparable renewable option to nuclear, however, one must also consider the environmental cost of building and maintaining a dam, which causes mass environmental destruction through flooding, and ... ... middle of paper ... .... Jeremy Whitlock. “The Canadian Nuclear FAQ - Section C: Cost and Benefits.” N. p., n.d. Web. 4 Nov. 2013. “Mini-Nuclear Reactors & The New Power Game - Energy Tribune.” N. p., n.d. Web. 4 Nov. 2013. “Neutron Scattering.” N. p., n.d. Web. 4 Nov. 2013. Nuclear Power Generation in Ontario. N. p., 2010. Film. Nuclear Power Plant Safety Systems. N. p., 2013. Film. “Nuclear Power Vs Wind Farms: The Infographic the Government Doesn’t Want You to See – Telegraph Blogs.” N. p., n.d. Web. 4 Nov. 2013. “Where Is My Electricity Coming From at This Hour? (if I Live in Ontario).” N. p., n.d. Web. 4 Nov. 2013. “The Canadian Nuclear FAQ - Section F: Security and Non-Proliferation.” N. p., n.d. Web. 4 Nov. 2013. Understanding Nuclear Power Plants: Total Station Blackout. N. p., 2013. Film. US EPA, OAR. “Food Irradiation.” Overviews & Factsheets. N. p., 1 May 2006. Web. 4 Nov. 2013.

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