Nuclear Energy Advantages And Disadvantages

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In the past decade, human civilization has progressively become more aware of the fact that the traditional methods of using fossil fuels to create energy are contaminating the environment. Because of this, people have become more aware of the issue and sought the most efficient and least harmful alternatives to provide energy for the world. As a result, many energy sources have been developed including wind, solar, and nuclear energy. Since many of these are relatively new processes, the long-term effects are just recently becoming more apparent, particularly with nuclear energy. Both Nuclear Power: a Panacea for Future Energy Needs by Allison MacFarlane and Five Myths About Nuclear Energy by Kristin Shrader-Frechette analyze the benefits and disadvantages of nuclear energy from the supporting and disapproving sides. Macfarlane took a slightly neutral approach and mentioned the overall gains and losses of nuclear energy while explaining why the gains outweigh the obstacles. Shrader takes a more directly opposing approach towards the matter. She skims over the benefits and focuses mainly on the negative effects. Both writers' methods for organizing their major points are different, but it allows them to better explain why they are either for or against nuclear energy. Macfarlane organizes her article by sections of some of the most common topics that are discussed concerning nuclear energy such as carbon dioxide emissions, safety issues, waste management, future issues,
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