Nuclear power is a part of our society; should it become a bigger part of our society? Can we as a country get over the fear of nuclear power with the proper safety and regulations? Reviving nuclear power is ongoing debate in our society. As with any debate, there are several pros and cons. The following paper will discuss the pros and cons of nuclear power as well as my personal viewpoint on the matter.
Is it Time to Revive Nuclear Power?
What is nuclear power? Nuclear power is any nuclear technology designed to extract usable energy from atomic nuclei via controlled nuclear reactions. The most common method today is through nuclear fission, though other methods include nuclear fusion and radioactive decay. All utility-scale reactors heat water to produce steam, which is then converted into mechanical work for generating electricity or propulsion. Today, more than 15% of the world’s electricity comes from nuclear power and potentially could supply more if the technology, research, investment, and time were committed to nuclear power. There are many pros and cons to the revival of nuclear power and the following paper will discuss those debates as well as define my personal perspective on the issue.
In the eyes of some, expanding the use of nuclear power is an obvious choice over burning coal and other fossil fuels. As coal and other fossil fuels are making a significant impact on climate change. Nuclear power is a cleaner form of energy as it emits lower amounts of carbon dioxide. However, others believe strongly the radioactive waste is extremely dangerous. The storage of radioactive waste is also a major concern.
Proponents of reviving nuclear power are looking at the future health of the world. As the demand for electricity increases, the pollutions created by burning coal and other fossil fuels increases as well. Coal, gas, and oil burning are responsible for a significant amount of pollution in America. The burning of...