Argument Against Nuclear Power Essay

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Every Friday in Japan, the lawn of the office of the Prime Minister fills up with hundreds of Japanese citizens to protest in concern about the country’s ongoing nuclear program in spite of the meltdown of the Fukushima-Daichi power plant. 170 miles north of Tokyo, the meltdown happened in 2011 after a back to back earthquake and tsunami devastated cooling capabilities within the plant, which subsequently led to the meltdown of one of the reactors. This even displaced tens of thousands of people from their homes. (Junko, and Mullen Jethro) Although no deaths have been attributed to the explosion or subsequent nuclear fallout yet, the full repercussions of the event have yet to been fully experienced. A plan is still being developed of how…show more content…
("Nuclear Power in the World Today"). The question remains whether or not nuclear power is a viable option for the future of the world’s energy requirements especially in light of the recent Fukushima facility disaster. Nuclear power offers many advantages compared to traditional means of energy productions, however its shortcomings are quite apparent and severe as well. This argument remains the reason why the industry hasn’t exactly prospered in the United States over the last 30 years.
Despite the benefits that nuclear power offers, the truth of the matter is that nuclear energy is a very expensive industry in terms of economics. According to a report by the Union of Concerned Scientists the cost of construction of a nuclear power plant is extremely high and barely worth the investment in the first place. The article states, “ The first generation of nuclear power plants proved so costly to build that half of them were abandoned during construction [and costs which continue to increase with time] . . Between 2002 and 2008, for example, cost estimates for new nuclear plant construction rose between $2 billion and $4 billion per unit to $9 billion per unit.” ("The Cost of Nuclear Power: Numbers That Don't Add Up") The problem therefore, is finding private investors that are capable of footing the bill. As disastrous events such as Fukushima or Three-Mile Island reveal ineffective management processes and safety
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