Nuclear Power And Nuclear Energy Essay

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When clean and renewable sources of energy are discussed, the focus is usually centered around energy productions like solar and wind. But an important source of energy is often overlooked, nuclear energy. The viability of nuclear power plants has been a topic of debate since their inception, with many both for and against it. Many countries are broadly opposed to nuclear energy with poor public opinion resulting in the decommissioning of nuclear power plants in their country. With the potential dangers of nuclear energy and the historical disasters that have accompanied it, many are resistant to continuing its development. For my paper I will be addressing why even with historical catastrophes, forgoing nuclear energy would be a mistake. In comparing different forms of energy, a comparison must be made between nuclear and coal. It is already widely known that the burning of coal in factories has a negative impact on the environment and is one of, if not the most, destructive. But what is not widely known is that coal plants emit more radiation into the environment than nuclear power plants. In fact, coal plants release 100 times more radiation than nuclear power plants (Hvistendahl). This is because within coal are trace amounts of the two radioactive elements uranium and thorium. When coal is burned it produces fly ash, which concentrates the uranium and thorium at up to 10 times their original levels (Hvistendahl). But the negatives of coal don’t need to be addressed

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