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Dgourley2010
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belle
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The United States should invest in nuclear power.

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 6/2/2010 Category: Politics
Updated: 6 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Dgourley2010

Con

Alternative energy is something that the United States desperately needs to look into but nuclear power should not be one of the areas. It is not cost effective. It is dangerous and is subject to terrorist attacks.

Nuclear power was formerly known as "to cheap to meter." It now needs to be renamed "to expensive to produce." France invested in nuclear power in 2007, the main investor is now millions of dollars in debt. There are more effective alternative energies to invest in such as wind or solar.

America has invested in nuclear power before and it just hasn't worked out. The fact that a repeat of the three mile island disaster is still prevalent should be a reason in itself on why we should not be investing. Like most energies, waste will be produced. To this day storage containers for this potentially deadly nuclear waste has not been developed. Many states have ended all research of nuclear power. It has turned into a "not in my backyard" argument.

America wants to be a secure country. Investing in nuclear power only increases the chances of it becoming insecure. Of the 61 nuclear sites in the United States over half were deemed vulnerable of a terrorist attack. Some shocking news is that Al Qaeda's original 9/11 plan was to fly planes into nuclear power plants, as if the executed attack wasn't deadly enough.

When making a decision on where the United States should invest it's time and money, I sincerely hope nuclear power is not considered.
belle

Pro

Not only does my opponent fail to cite a single source, but also, as it turns out, most his claims are false. For example, even if France has a debt of a few million dollars from its nuclear program(an unsubstantiated claim), their export of electricity from nuclear power plants makes them 3 billion Euros a year.[1] He claims the US invested in nuclear power, but that it "just didn't work out"- I wonder, then, how he explains that the US is the largest producer of nuclear power in the world?[2] Sounds like it's working pretty well to me!

My opponent also mentioned three mile island, citing it as an example of the disasters to come if we invest in nuclear energy. However, as he should know, not a single person died as the result of the three mile island meltdown. [3] If anything, this shows, not how dangerous nuclear power is, but how good we are at containing it and making it safe. Three Mile Island has been the ONLY serious accident involving any nuclear power plant in the US. We have been running nuclear power plants commercially in this country since 1957.

Nuclear Energy may not yet be "too cheap to meter", but it is exceedingly efficient. So much so that a single pound of uranium packs the energy equivalent of a million gallons of gasoline. A MILLION GALLONS. [4] And at the moment we only have fission reactions. Scientists are working hard to construct reactors which will carry out controlled fusion reactions. These produce much more energy than fission, and can use hydrogen (deuterium) and lithium for fuel, in addition to producing no radioactive waste at all. If we are able to master this process, we could have enough energy to power the earth are current energy consumption levels for 150 BILLION YEARS. That is ten times longer than the age of the universe itself. [5] It really doesn't get more sustainable than that.

It saddens me that people like my opponent would oppose nuclear power on unsound logic and misguided fears. The energy nuclear fusion would make available to us is beyond the wildest dreams of anyone now living. The current dangers are extremely well controlled and, in the future, may well be eliminated. The potential benefits, on the other hand, are truly mindblowing. So yes, the US absolutely should invest in nuclear energy. It's our best hope for the future!

1. http://www.world-nuclear.org...
2. http://www.world-nuclear.org...
3. http://www.nrc.gov...
4. http://science.howstuffworks.com...
5. http://en.wikipedia.org...
Debate Round No. 1
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Posted by twsurber 6 years ago
twsurber
What do we do with the nuclear waste?
Posted by hanass 6 years ago
hanass
I'm pretty sure sustaining a nuclear fusion reaction isn't possible at the time I am posting this (Jun 4th, 2010)... The closest we've gotten to is the hydrogen bomb, but that didn't last for more than microseconds.
Posted by Kinesis 6 years ago
Kinesis
The United States should SO invest in nuclear power. It's just out of date beliefs about the nature and risks of nuclear power that are keeping public prejudice against it. But, I don't think the matter will be settled in one round. :P
Posted by Puck 6 years ago
Puck
Haha. One round.
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