Nuclear Energy : Nuclear Power

1260 Words Apr 12th, 2016 6 Pages
With global temperatures increasing and climate change controversies arising, the world seeks a clean, reliable energy source; could nuclear energy be the answer? Due to massive amounts of carbon dioxide emitted into the air by our main energy provider, the coal power plant, society is yearning for a cleaner form of energy. Nuclear power plants release minimal amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Nuclear energy, in the public eye, has a bad reputation because of accidents that have occurred in recent history (Fukushima, Three Mile Island, and Chernobyl). With the current climate crisis in full effect, the thought of nuclear energy has been revived. Society has become so dumbfounded by global warming that nuclear energy is being perceived as the apparent solution. The idea that nuclear energy should replace fossil fuels and coal as our main energy source is downright blasphemous. Nuclear energy shouldn’t be used because it’s dangerous, dirty, and immensely expensive and time consuming to start; therefore, the drawbacks greatly outweigh the benefits of nuclear energy. Nuclear power plants are hazardous to population living nearby. Nuclear power plants take up enormous amounts of space that they’re bound to be located near a population of people. According to Karl Grossman, a journalism professor and environmental reporter at the State University of New York College at Old Westbury, an estimated 108 million people live within 50 miles of a nuclear power plant…

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