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Nuclear Energy Is Here To Stay, Here Are 5 Reasons Why

February 27, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 100

1. Nuclear power plants are cleaner than coal burning plants.

Coal burning plants are known for emitting carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide. It also leaves behind residues like soot and arsenic. Nuclear energy doesn't emit any exhaust at all and though the byproduct from cooling is a disposal issue, the amount is way less than coal or natural gas. The process for mining coal in some cases has left environmentalists upset at the damage left behind. Though the controversial process of strip mining has been limited, the moving, storing and burning of coal is a dirty process.

2. Nuclear power generates immense amounts of power.

The amount of uranium needed to get a controlled nuclear reaction is way less than the amount of coal or gas needed to heat up turbines to generate electricity. The supply of some of the combustible fuel used in turbine engine power stations is increasingly harder to get and more expensive. The amount of uranium that would be needed to power one family for a year would fit into a shot glass. Efficiency has been increasing by leaps and bounds since the first nuclear power plant, yet even in earlier days they were more efficient than any combustible turbine engine.

3. Aircraft carriers

Nuclear power is what runs some of the biggest ships in the US Navy most notably the nuclear powered aircraft carriers with crews of over 10,000. This demonstrates the ability of nuclear power to scale to the size needed for several types of applications. Power supplies for remote military or research complexes can get power generating uranium to last between shipments. As opposed to coal or other materials which require many shipments a month, increasing dependence on suppliers. This is considered to be one of the few viable power sources that is practical for space travel.

4. High paying technical jobs

A plant will hire people from several different professions Nuclear physics, Electrical Engineering, Structural engineering, Administration and billing and support etc... To run a power plant, thousands of people are in the process. The economies that get these jobs also benefit the service and products that these people buy. This feeds the local economy. Power plants often sell bonds to foster safe investment options and generating capitol for local governments.

5. Population will not outpace available resources

With new uranium mines recently discovered in Australia and Canada the supply will not run out soon. In addition, the amount of uranium needed is nowhere near the amounts of coal and gas that is required for those turbine engines. Nuclear power is still the safest form of power generating technology we have in use right now. From mining the uranium to the actual running of the nuclear generators.

This author also made a list of energy companies, including all the nuclear power companies of the United States.

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