NUCLEAR energy, I believe that the world should

                               NUCLEAR ENERGY

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I am for nuclear energy, I believe
that the world should start using it as a renewable source of energy. I believe
this because man-made nuclear power will always be there as a source of energy.
While other sources like solar and wind will not always be there as a power
source.

Nuclear energy also doesn’t produce
as much waste as fossil fuels such as coal. When you burn coal the carbon
emissions will be released into the atmosphere, and eventually as all of the
carbon builds up it will create global warming. Nuclear energy does produce
2,000 metric tons of waste, but when it does it can be safely stored in dry
casks that do not let any radiation out, or it can be used in fourth generation
reactors, which use the waste from previous reactors as fuel.

 Nuclear power plants take up 1.3 square miles
to create 1,000 megawatts of power, while wind power takes up 260-360 square
miles to produce the same amount of energy produced2. Building a nuclear power plant can
take up to seven years while a wind turbine farm would take 2 months for a
10-megawatt farm, but I believe that waiting for the nuclear power is a better
option as it creates much more power than many wind turbines combined.

Nuclear power is made from unlimited
resources, as it is made from the splitting of atoms, and everything is made of
atoms. Nuclear power actually helps improve the state of global warming because
it doesn’t produce any greenhouse gases.

 

 

Many people believe that nuclear
power can prove to be very dangerous, but now there are ways to prevent a
nuclear meltdown, such as putting in a cooling system. If the cooling system
does fail then the effects on the surrounding areas environment could be
catastrophic. But at this point in time I believe that the benefits outweigh
the risks. Because global warming is harming our environment much more than the
nuclear plants could. If we don’t do anything about global warming then in the
future we may not even be alive to worry about the maybes of nuclear power.

The fuel for nuclear reactors costs $20.25
per pound, and in year 27 fresh tons of uranium is needed for the plant to
continue to produce energy1. While solar and wind do not have any fuel costs, I believe that
spending that much money on nuclear power is worth it because it produces much
more energy than wind and solar. 

However, there are other sources of
energy such as burning fossil fuels, solar, wind, geothermal, and
hydroelectric. The issues with fossil fuels is that they produce lots of
greenhouse gases which is causing global warming, so we cannot use them as a
source of energy anymore. Solar and wind energy are great sources but the
problems with them are that they will not always be there to create energy, and
even then, they don’t create enough. Geothermal and hydroelectric are also
great sources they just wouldn’t produce enough energy to
power a whole city. So, in the end I believe that nuclear energy is our best
bet.

Sources

   
Those videos we watched in class.

1.       http://www.denisonmines.com/s/Uranium_Prices.asp

2.      
http://www.ewea.org/wind-energy-basics/faq/

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