Pros And Cons Of Nuclear Energy
In this article we are going to look at the pros and cons of nuclear energy.
11 Pros And Cons Of Nuclear Energy
Even though it was once disregarded as a prominent solution for power, Nuclear Energy is once again becoming one of the more favorable options as a safer alternative.
Many believe this is solely down to the lower amount of greenhouse gases that are emitted by Nuclear power when compared to the many power plants in our planet or the old school method of burning coal.
People often do not read about the benefits nuclear power has and jump on board with the negative publicity it often receives.
5 Pros Of Nuclear Power:
- Nuclear power is greener that most of the other alternative power sources. This is due to the lower carbon dioxide emissions caused through the use of nuclear power. This helps to keep our planets atmosphere healthier.
- It is one of the largest power generating technologies available. It has the ability to create enough power to cover an extremely large capacity such as entire geographical locations. This is something which less effective technologies such as solar power cannot compete with and only work on a local scale.
- One of the greatest things about introducing nuclear power as a main source of energy is that there is nothing new to learn. Nuclear power has been around for some time and there are already people who specialize in the technology. This means there is already enough knowledge to start using it straight away.
- It has relatively low operating costs especially when put against some of the other technologies available for use.
- Nuclear power is a reliable source of energy. With the current rate of Uranium consumption, it is estimated that there is enough Uranium left for another 80 years. Wind and solar power is dependent on weather conditions, nuclear power is not.
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6 Cons Of Nuclear Power:
- One of the reasons most people worry about the major introduction of Nuclear Power is if that here are a very high-risks in case of a failure or accident. Furthermore as Nuclear Power has not been used as a main source of energy over a prolonged period of time there is a high chance there are risks that we don’t even know about.
- The construction of the systems including radiation containment systems costs a huge amount and also takes a long time. This means it could take a while to get every where running of nuclear power and away from the other sources.
- It is not a form of renewable energy, one of the most common reasons people do not want to switch to the nuclear alternative is because they believe more time and investment should go into finding a reliable renewable energy source for the future.
- It is quite hard to source the uranium required without running into other troubles. Most uranium sources are protected by local tribes or communities who do not allow it to be mined. It is also very expensive to mine it if permission is granted.
- There has been a lot of negative publicity with regards to the health of miners and workers due to environmental contamination through the process of getting the uranium. On top of this there are reports stating the waste will be very long term and last for up to 500 thousands years.
- The value behind it opens the market up to terrorism and piracy. Nuclear power stores could be the perfect target for terrorists and if the uranium or waste were to be shipped abroad it will be open to pirates and terrorism.
These are the most important pros and cons of nuclear energy (in my opinion). If you are interested in learning more about this technology, there is a wealth of information available on the web. Just do a Google search and you will find everything you need.
Pros And Cons Of Nuclear Energy FAQ:
Q: Do the advantages of nuclear energy outweigh the disadvantages?
A: In my opinion, no.
Q: Do the benefits of nuclear energy outweigh the costs?
A: Everything costs money, but we also need to think about the environment in this case.
Q: Do the benefits of nuclear energy outweigh the risks?
A: There has been nuclear power plant accidents in the past, but there are also risks with other power sources. For instance, coal mining pollutes a lot more than nuclear power.