Nuclear Power is the only way to provide sufficient energy for the future and must be invested in.
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First, Nuclear Energy is better than current energy sources. If we switch to nuclear power over traditional coal and natural gas power plants, the over 5 billion metric tons of CO2 emissions in the US alone (1) could be reduced to almost nothing, which creates a healthier environment and solves global warming (2). Contrary to popular belief, Nuclear power creates "zero harmful emissions" and fossil fuel emissions actually correlate much more strongly with cancer rates (3). The cost of nuclear is also comparative with that of conventional fuels (4), and prices are less likely to fluctuate due to foreign oil booms or downturns. By turning to nuclear, we can save the planet and keep our energy needs domestic, which makes us less reliant on other countries for energy.
Second, Nuclear Energy is better than renewable energy sources like wind and solar power. While all three energy producers have had technology available for decades, nuclear energy currently accounts for 20% of the nation's energy production while the heavily subsidized renewable energy sector accounts for only 2% (5). The world's energy demand is increasing rapidly, and there's no way renewables can keep up. While solar panels and wind farms take up massive fields (wind farms even slaughter birds and destroy migration patterns), nuclear energy is extremely space-efficient for the same amount of energy. With a constantly growing population, space is a valuable resource that we shouldn't be wasting on solar and wind power when there's a better option. In addition, nuclear material is in such great supply that it's virtually a renewable- we won't run out for centuries, and more efficient methods are constantly being developed (6). Nuclear is a nearly bottomless resource that is the only way we can sustainably keep up with rising demands for energy and space.
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"Contrary to popular belief, Nuclear power creates 'zero harmful emissions'"
Though it may not cause harmful emissions, it can still be incredibly dangerous. The radioactive waste can possess a threat to the environment and is dangerous for humans. A famous example is the Chernobyl accident, where the harmful effects of nuclear radiation on humans affected around 600,000 people. Estimates conclude that somewhere between 15,000 and 30,000 people lost their lifes in the Chernobyl aftermath and more than 2.5 million Ukrainians are still struggling with health problems related to nuclear waste. Just last year, on March 18, a major nuclear crisis happenend again in Japan, again causing major uproar and even restricting trade. While the casualties were not as high as with the Chernobyl accident, the environmental effects were disastrous. History shows that we can never really be fully protected against these disasters, so nuclear power is not safe. In contrast, solar power is 100% eco friendly and not harmful.
"Nuclear Energy is better than renewable energy sources like solar power." "There's no way renewables can keep up." "Nuclear is a nearly bottomless resource."
Renewable energy sources are much more safe, and also extremely plentiful as they're always available and always will be. There are many, many more advantages to solar power over nuclear as well, including throwing away the need for a house to be hooked up to a power grid as it does using nuclear energy. In fact, nuclear power tied for last in a list created by Stanford University's published Mark Jacobson. Also, the US has tons of solar power resources and the production of more provides jobs.
As you can tell, I firmly believe solar power is a better resource.
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