Nuclear Power: Dangerous Nemesis or Trusted Ally

1158 WordsJul 11, 20185 Pages
There is a national debate going on within the green energy community and it seems the number one question that keeps coming up is should we now support our one time enemy nuclear power? Many different people green and not, now, think it is the right time to take a second look at this widely used power source. When a former anti-nuclear campaigner and founding member of Greenpeace proclaims in the Washington Post “the environmental movement needs to update its views…because nuclear energy may just be the energy source that can save our planet from another possible disaster,” we should pay attention. (Alger, Findlay) Nuclear power is an energy that can be obtained from either the dividing of the nuclei of atoms (fission) or the…show more content…
Dividing the atoms in 0.454 kilos of uranium releases more energy than burning 1360777110 kg of coal. Using any form of fossil fuel discharges greenhouse gases in the air. While a nuclear power releases zero emissions into the atmosphere. Truly, nuclear energy can be alarming, because it functions on a much more complex set of principles than other kinds of energies. The U.S. and the world still have concern about the two immense tragedies in our world’s history of nuclear energy use. But, in the 12,700 collective years since nuclear plants have been online in this world. Chernobyl and Three Mile Island are only two major accidents in the world and although tragic these disasters demonstrates how truly rare an accident is. Wind power is a promising supplement to the current leaders coal, natural gas and nuclear. The major drawback with wind power is the storage of energy since wind power is intermittent, also the number of sites suitable for installation of wind farms. Energy independence seems hard at first to accomplish; there are no easy quick answers to our current energy crisis. One thing is for certain the era of cheap oil in the U.S. is over, and never to return. Major drilling in the U.S will be required to fill the gap between now and a future energy independent country. The government’s revenue from new drilling should be diverted to projects such as light rail system throughout the nation that

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