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The Pros and Cons of Nuclear Power

April 13, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 170

As the world's supply of fossil fuels continues to be exhausted there will be a growing need to find viable alternative energy sources. While natural power should be our long term goal, the truth is that as of right now it is not a power source that can meet all of our needs. Natural power sources such as wind and solar may one day provide us with all of the power that we need, but for now a more realistic solution needs to be looked into.

Of all of our current methods for generating energy the one with the best chance of meeting all of our energy needs is nuclear power. Nuclear energy plants have the potential to generate enough electrical energy to easily meet all of our power needs, unfortunately they are not the most popular choice. In order to make an educated decision about the viability of nuclear power it's important to weigh the pros and cons of this type of power generation.

The most obvious argument for the use of nuclear power plants is that they generate enormous amounts of power. It would take the equivalent of many coal powered or solar power plants to equal the output of only one nuclear power plant. Nuclear power plants are also a relatively clean source of power. The nuclear waste that they produce is carefully contained meaning that they effectively have a very low impact on the environment. However that same nuclear waste is one of the main reasons why people argue against the use of nuclear energy plants. Nuclear waste needs to be carefully contained and can be harmful to the environment for decades or even centuries.

Of course there is also the possibility of an accident at a nuclear power plant. Special care should be careful of accidents that have occurred in countries where nuclear power is an essential resource.

Although highly unlikely, there have been incidents at nuclear energy facilities in the past that have resulted in major disasters. When weighing the pros and cons of nuclear power it becomes clear that both sides of the debate have merit. Ultimately it may be necessary to accept the risks associated with nuclear energy because we have few other viable options. However it's important that we use atomic power the right way.

Atomic plants must be safe and above all else they need to be a stepping stone to a safer, greener and form of natural power generation.

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