The Pros And Cons Of Nuclear Energy

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Nuclear energy has been a controversial topic for many people. Nuclear energy an alternative to fossil fuels and can help reduce carbon emissions. However, because of the cost and waster management, some researchers and politicians are hesitant to implement it. Another source of energy is thorium which some believe is better in many ways then nuclear energy. As a society we must take into account all ideas and options and make a decision that will be good for us in the present and the future. The article “The Nuclear Option” by John M. Deutch and Ernest J. Moniz is about the use of nuclear power plants and how a carbon free alternative is turned into fossil fuels to produce power. This article also talks about how building many more new nuclear…show more content…
The world has an abundance of thorium, radioactive actinide metal, located in different parts of the world. The video says that we will likely never run out of thorium. Thorium is used to generate energy without using creating transuranic wastes. . Indeed, the government granted funds for thorium research in the 50s and 60s, which primarily focused on weapons development, not new energy sources. Also, thorium 's capacity as nuclear fuel was discovered during WW II, but ignored because it was unsuitable for making bombs. Therefore the government no longer invested or cared for thorium and that is one of the main reasons most people do not know about it. “A liquid-fluoride thorium reactor (LFTR) is the optimal approach for harvesting energy from Thorium, and has the potential to solve today 's energy/climate crisis” (Sorensen). Uranium-238-based nuclear reactors are currently being used today, but Sorensen recommends with data that a LFTR would be better. In the whole video he and other people try to show that LFTR are better than all the other alternative energy sources because they are much safer (there is no risk for environmental radiation contamination or plan explosion), less waste-generating (days/weeks to degrade compared to the others that would take decades and centuries), much cheaper than other alternatives, create more jobs for Americans, are longer lived and lasting, and are much more efficient at producing energy. The researchers and people in the video says that other alternative sources of energy such as nuclear have many problems. The major problems reinforced in the video are that they are not reliable, very expensive to make, they have few jobs created, they are at risk for accidents and cause environmental radiation contamination or plan explosion, they are at risk for weapons proliferation so
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