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Bjarke_Havardr
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Dr_Evi1
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Nuclear Power is Safe, and Should be Used Until Fusion Power is Mastered

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Started: 11/12/2015 Category: Science
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Bjarke_Havardr

Pro

First round is for accepting.

I am Pro, so I will be supporting the claim that nuclear power is safe and should see continued use until fusion power (or some other form of clean, abundant power) is mastered.

Please cite all sources, claims without citations will not be taken seriously.

I look forward to this debate, good luck and have fun.
Dr_Evi1

Con

Urrmm. Hiroshima and Chernobyl...
Debate Round No. 1
Bjarke_Havardr

Pro

Currently in the world there are 438 active nuclear power plants, with 67 new ones under construction in 15 different countries around the world. [1] Of those, not a single one is currently in danger of malfunction, or capable of harming the local populace. I understand this means next to nothing, so take this bit of data; there have only ever been 33 recorded incidents of problems at a nuclear power plant. The overwhelming majority of which are fires caused by things other than the nuclear reactions, or minor explosions that damaged only a few fuel cells. [2] Also, just because I found this interesting,

"Using historical electricity production data and mortality and emission factors from the peer-reviewed scientific literature, we found that despite the three major nuclear accidents the world has experienced " at Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, and Fukushima " nuclear power prevented an average of over 1.8 million net deaths worldwide between 1971-2009." [3]

Now that we have established that nuclear power plants rarely go haywire, let's move on to environmental impact.
Coal-fired electric power plants emit massive amounts of greenhouse gases and other harmful pollutants to the atmosphere on a daily basis. Among the worst offenders are sulfur dioxide, which contributes to the formation of acid rain; nitrogen oxides, which combine with VOCs to form smog; and toxic compounds of mercury. That's beyond the tonnage of carbon dioxide emissions that contribute directly to climate change. Burning coal releases over two pounds of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere for every kilowatt-hour of electricity it creates. [4,5]
Nuclear power plants emit no carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, mercury, or other toxic gases. A properly managed facility does not directly contribute to atmospheric climate change; the broad cooling towers characteristic of nuclear plants emit water vapor. Some coastal plants, however, discharge heated water back to lakes and seas, and this heat eventually radiates into surface warming. Raising water temperature in this way may also alter the way carbon dioxide is exchanged with the air by ocean bodies, leading to major shifts in weather patterns such as hurricanes. [4,6,7]

Nuclear power is better for the environment as a whole. Not only that, but it produces more energy, much more efficiently, than traditional fossil fuels. [8]

[1] http://www.nei.org...
[2] http://www.theguardian.com...
[3] http://blogs.ei.columbia.edu...
[4] http://www2.epa.gov...
[5] http://www.eia.gov...
[6] http://www.koshland-science-museum.org...
[7] http://www.ucsusa.org...
[8] http://www.eia.gov...
Dr_Evi1

Con

Dr_Evi1 forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 2
Bjarke_Havardr

Pro

When in doubt give up, am I right?
Dr_Evi1

Con

Dr_Evi1 forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3
Bjarke_Havardr

Pro

Any closing arguments?
Dr_Evi1

Con

Dr_Evi1 forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 4
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Posted by MagicAintReal 1 year ago
MagicAintReal
This debate reminds me of Sim City and how you had to advance your sims to make fusion power instead of nuclear power.
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