The Nuclear Of Nuclear Power

1532 Words Dec 7th, 2016 7 Pages
Nuclear power has the potential to create vast amounts of energy from a comparatively miniscule fuel source. According to the Nuclear Energy Institute, “…as of November 2016, 30 countries worldwide are operating 450 nuclear reactors for electricity generation and 60 new nuclear plants are under construction” (Nuclear Energy Institute, 2016). Not only has nuclear power seen use across the world, but it has seen applications in the United States and right here in Florida. Currently, there are two facilities operated by Florida Power and Light (FPL) in the Sunshine State that produce over 3,000 megawatts of energy homes, public buildings, and businesses alike (Florida Power and Light, 2016a). However, these plants are hundreds of miles away from Volusia County (located near the major metropolitan areas of Port St. Lucie and Miami) and their benefits cannot be reaped by citizens in the county due to this distance. With successful nuclear plants already in operation within the state, why should Volusia County not try to acknowledge the possibility of such a project?
Fossil fuels, as is widely known, are exhaustible resources that cannot possibly sustain humankind’s energy needs ad infinitum. Nuclear energy provides a way to wean our population off natural gases, not necessarily overnight, but over the course of years or decades. Volusia does have the space, and the St. John’s River provides an excellent water source to take advantage of for cooling the towers necessary to sustain…

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