Nuclear Energy: Energy of the Future or Imminent Disaster

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Nuclear Energy: Energy of the Future or Imminent Disaster Background Since the year 1954 people have been faced with the conundrum of nuclear energy. This process though unfamiliar with some, is when decaying uranium heats water that then turns a turbine which produces energy. In the coming years nuclear energy is going to play a major part in the worlds energy consumption if we are to meet carbon goals. Though nuclear energy has been around for over fifty years the battle still wages on over its use throughout the world. Con When most people hear nuclear energy the first thing that comes to there mind is nuclear disasters. One of the most notable events that took place “On April 26, 1986,[when] human error resulted in an explosion at…show more content…
Despite this “Industry representatives and federal officers have fought to build a single national waste repository at Yucca Mountain, in the Nevada desert. Recent studies, however, show that the mountain, formerly believed to be dry, may leak water, which would make it an unacceptable vault.” (Mark 5) With the vault not scheduled to open until 2021 the logistical nightmare of transporting the waste can still be worked on. This waste can also be reused as nuclear energy or refined to make a crude nuclear weapon. Even though “President Jimmy Carter banned the use of reprocessing technologies in all U.S. reactors in 1977, but such programs are still in operation in Japan, England, France, Russia, and India.” This reprocessing could lead to unstable and dangerous nuclear rods. Though the more scary problem is that of proliferation which is the processes of nuclear power extracting “plutonium that can be used to make nuclear weapons. The final major problem with nuclear energy is that vast amount of capital required to construct such facilities. Once touted as power so cheap you won’t need a meter “In fact, it is almost too expensive to meter, due to its problems of design complexity, safety, security, and waste handling.” (Pearson 2) The extremely high cost of nuclear plants “therefore steal funds away from both more efficient energy sources

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