Nuclear Power, A Source Of Environmentally Clean Energy

857 Words Oct 15th, 2015 4 Pages
With cartoons of many eyed fish; neon green tubes of uranium; and ominous images of dark, billowing smoke, nuclear energy is a source of great misconception and mythology. TV shows such as The Simpsons, and notable disasters such as Fukushima and Chernobyl have left many citizens around the world in fear of nuclear anything. However, these depictions and accidents are not a typical representation of what nuclear energy can do for the world. Climate change feels looming and environmental concerns are growing in the general public and demand for clean energy source is justly rising. Nuclear power is a safe source of environmentally clean energy that is a worthwhile investment for the American government and its people.
The United States has seen two distinct eras of nuclear power: The first between 1960 and 1980 and the second with the Nuclear Renaissance starting around 2001. In the 1960’s nuclear energy was a new and exciting source of power. Though public opinion was generally positive, debate and concern for safety existed. In 2001, nuclear power began to rise in the United States again with climate change concerns surfaces (world-nuclear.org). The industry expanded further 4 years later with the Energy Policy Act of 2005 under George W. Bush. This policy granted 4 billion dollars in loans and tax credits. Further acts increased the subsidies for clean energy loans (the majority of which being for nuclear energy sources) to 7 billion (Edmund, Wald). In 2012, 31 license…
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