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.
Yes but not until a safe solution is found for dealing with the nuclear waste. I am a Nevada resident and I believe that while it may not be ideal, burying it in yucca mountain is for the time being much better than holding it at the plants but the power companies need to compensate the state for the storage and or disposal.
Until we as a whole, can grasp the huge implications and rewards of such a gift, we don't deserve it. We are a ignorantly selfish species. Until we master all in perpetuity, one source of energy will always have a debt to be paid. Mark my words, wind and solar will have a debt to pay in the future as well, and it could be a worse debt that we just haven't foreseen. Nuclear debt 'failure' is scary, and it should be, and until we are mature enough to deal with that debt, we don't need to be playing with it. Don't take out a loan you're not willing to pay back if you know what I mean.
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