Nuclear Energy As A Solution For Nuclear Power

1095 Words Nov 4th, 2015 5 Pages
In today’s rapidly-advancing society, the depletion of fossil fuels, our main sources of energy, remains a constant motivator for the U.S. to harness nuclear power. While the fear of resource exhaustion and degradation of the environment encourages us to embrace nuclear energy as a solution, we fail to acknowledge the copious amounts of time and money needed to utilize nuclear energy, the political risks associated with large-scale use, and most importantly, the environmental and mortal consequences that can occur as a result of accidents. While construction costs for nuclear power plants remain largely ambiguous, David Schlissel, using statistics from the Keystone Center (2008), reports that companies planning new nuclear units estimate the cost of production to be as high as $8,100/kW (kilowatt)—almost $9 billion for each 1,100 MW (megawatt) plant! Investments contributing to the production of nuclear power plants could instead be used to generate solar, wind, and hydroelectric energy, all renewable resources that would benefit us in the long-run in comparison to uranium, which is estimated to only have 100 years of availability. Another shock factor revealed by Lew Hay, Chairman and CEO of Florida Power & Light (2008), is that the financial elements of nuclear power plants are still in its preliminary stages and are expected to increase exponentially, “possibly twice as much once you factor in owners’ cost such as land, cooling towers, switchyards, etc.”…

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