Nuclear power is the use of nuclear reactions that release energy to generate heat, which most frequently is then used in steam turbines to produce electricity in a nuclear power station. In the U.S. 100 nuclear reactors provide 20% of the country's energy. Proponents argue that nuclear energy is now safe and emits much less carbon emissions than coal plants. Opponents argue that recent nuclear disasters in Japan prove that nuclear power is far from safe.
No, we should invest in cleaner alternatives such as wind, hydroelectric, thorium, and geothermal
we should invest in cleaner alternatives
Nuclear energy is clean, for the most part. Storage technology is incredibly advanced, so it would not be harming the environment, especially since the only biproduct being released is steam, other than the safely stored depleted uranium. Nuclear energy is a great way to transition into those cleaner alternatives, because they are not yet efficient enough to sustain the vast amounts of energy required to power most modern societies.
Yes, temporarily while we increase investment into cleaner renewable alternatives
Nuclear energy is extremely clean, especially the thorium type. I find wind turbines and solar panels unreliable and inefficient, though clean, I feel they aren't worthwhile investments. Instead, nuclear power is extremely efficient and reliable.
I believe we shouldn't use nuclear energy because of the risks, a good point to bring up was the Chernobyl meltdown. Although the meltdown was caused by an issue with the workers as stated they were "inadequate" and there were flaws within the system as well. You can't have room for that in such a place as it's gonna lead to disaster, which proves my point too, that and we should find other substitutes if possible.
A 1000 MwH nuclear plat takes on average 6 years to construct with a budget of 6 billion dollars, they take 10 years to break even off of the debt then remain profitable and effective for 30 years until their license expires and needs to be renewed to modernize the equipment. Nuclear is the most fuel efficient renewable and should be used as the majority base load energy source for all nations.
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