The Pros And Cons Of Nuclear And Nuclear Energy

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With the great technological advances in the field of energy production, people are confused about the best source of energy. There is a current debate about whether we should continue relying on coal to produce nuclear energy or whether we should convert to use nuclear energy. People have been using coal energy for many years and there are thousands of coal plants around the world. Later on, people started to use nuclear energy to produce energy such as electricity and according to Schneider (2014), there are around 430 nuclear plants in the world. In order to determine which energy is the best, people have to examine the safety, effort and the cost of the energy. Comparing Nuclear and Coal Energy Safety and preservation of the environment are the most important things that the actors in energy extraction should consider. Nuclear energy is considered a clean energy that does not produce greenhouse gases that harm the environment. According to statistics of U.S. Department of Energy and the Energy information administration…show more content…
Nuclear reactions go through several steps such as a fission process in order to link up nuclear reactions, which make it harder to generate nuclear energy. Additionally, each one of these processes of nuclear production requires strong reactors. In fact, it is too expensive to build nuclear reactors because they should be well prepared to sustain the nuclear reactions. According to Arnold (2011), “the biggest obstacle to building new nuclear power plants lately is the cost. It just costs too much to build a modern, safe, nuclear reactor – especially when you can build much cheaper power plants that burn natural gas”(para. 3) . However, coal energy is cheaper than nuclear energy. Generating energy from coal does not need big and strong reactors because the reactions that occur in coal reactors are not very strong compared to the nuclear

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