Nuclear power is a source of energy that, I believe, should be used. Nuclear power allows us to continue to power our lives without having to pollute the air. It also provides stable electricity which helps prevent the frequent power outages that many areas without nuclear energy face. So long as nuclear power plants are well regulated to maintain safety, there is no reason not to use it as a source of power.
Those energy sources cannot scale up enough to deliver the amount of cheap and reliable power the world needs, and "with the planet warming and carbon dioxide emissions rising faster than ever, we cannot afford to turn away from any technology" that has the potential to reduce greenhouse gases.
Saying that we shouldn't use nuclear power and instead power all of the US through "green" or alternative energy is preposterous. Green energy will never be able to provide enough energy. Solar energy today, with all the solar panels you see everywhere, makes only .003% of the United States' energy. If we don't want to live with no electricity the only thing to do is use nuclear.
Nuclear fusion has all the benefits of nuclear energy, but a lot less of the problems. Fusion is combining two atoms instead of splitting them. If we research it, we will be able to use it in the future. It may cost billions of dollars but it will most likely be worth it.
Nuclear power stations aren't gigantic time bombs threatening to explode at any second. If you research the truth behind previous accidents you'll find that the actual systems themselves were not to blame. One must remember that the majority of these accidents occurred over 30 years ago. Technology AND safety regulations have drastically increased in this time, making nuclear power safer than ever.
I think we should continue to use nuclear power because it is much cleaner, it causes much less deaths AND prevents more deaths than fossil fuels. As I have already read, if we keep on using fossil fuels until they are used up, there will be eve more global warming and many more deaths. You can't always use wind or water power because sometimes there isn't enough wind or water, and solar panels are too expensive.
The less we use nuclear power, the more we rely on fossil fuels. Can you really expect that we will rely on wind farms and solar panels? No. By the time we have enough renewable sources of energy in place, the earth will be covered in a thick layer of smog. Solar panels become useless. Wind farms will not generate enough power alone for the entire world. I realize there are other ways of generating energy using renewable sources, but I'm just trying to prove a point. Nuclear power is the way to go. Understandably there are disadvantages. I don't think I need to explain, as just writing one word describes those disadvantages: CHERNOBYL. These situations while horrible do not happen regularly. There are also some major advantages. Nuclear energy doesn't create pollution, only harmless steam, and it has the highest resource to power conversion. Nuclear power is the way to go!
Nuclear power is a mostly clean way of getting energy, and the materials used are very efficient when getting energy. There are problems, like nuclear waste and natural disasters, but as we advance technology, we will work around those problems. I feel like we should continue as we are going right now, and when we become even more advanced, we can then step up production.
As long as all the people in the plant have a proper training and knowledge of nuclear power, it is a good resource to use for power. True, there can be horrible events like what happened in Japan. However, what happen in Japan was a direct result of another natural disaster.
I feel that we should continue to use and improve nuclear power in the U.S. because it is practical and helps us reduce our use of fossil fuels. Nuclear power provides more energy to more people, while causing less air pollution as well, making it a more practical energy source over the alternatives.
The leak in Japan killed many people. If there is a leak it can kill fish like in Japan. It costs a lot of money to build and take care of the plants. We don't even need it because we can just use windmills, solar energy, Geothermal energy, Hydroelectric power, and bio-fuels. We can even put windmills in the ocean so it doesn't take up space on land.
Though the use of nuclear power does have significance, it's risky. Nuclear power is toxic and un-natural. It pollutes the earth with harmful and deadly waste that alters our surroundings. Too much nuclear energy could destroy the world and everything on it. In the wrong hands it could be used for war. How is that a plus? Just because you win, you lose also; but the impact it has is for worse. We lose lives, money, creation and time. Nuclear power effects the environment. Mother nature is important and essential to our well-being. We're lost without its resources. Nuclear power has many disadvantages, the main two sum up my argument. 1) The money it takes to produce and acquire nuclear power, we could use that money to benefit something far more appropriate like colleges, hospitals, jails, etc. than waste it on nuclear power which in the end is a threat to human life all by itself. We lose more than we GAIN. And 2) Creation, there's more out there than destruction and devistation. We should not use nuclear power unless it was our LAST hope.
Nuclear power is messy. It produces waste that has a that takes forever to become less and less toxic. More nuclear power plants means more of this sort of waste. The question becomes how do you manage that waste? It becomes a generational question, and that is not fair to future generations.
We have a lot of other useful energy sources we can use for power. They include: wind power, solar power, and water power. Also, some people can get cancer from the radiation inside the power plant. And, if terrorists get a hold of it they could blow up other countries. Thats why I think we SHOULDN'T use nuclear power.
It's not right to use nuclear power because in our economy's current position and the debt of over $13,000,000,000,000 just to make one would cost $12,000,000,000- $18,000,000,000 also there are other energy sources out there that would cost less to make one therefore spending less to make more of other types of energy than to make one of nuclear.
We should not use nuclear power because it is expensive. Yea it can generate a lot of power and MAY work but there is a higher chance that it is not gonna work. We shouldn't be spending trillions of dollars if something probably isn't gonna work! Also we haven't found a way to "Detoxify" it.
Nuclear power is extremely expensive to build and maintain. The building and restarting has cost the industry trillions of dollars. Nuclear power always contaminates water supplies with radioactive substances. We have many examples of this occurring , like in Japan. This brings up the point that there really is not a safe way to mine and process nuclear materials, let alone store it. Though we can have backups and safety precautions, that would definitely add to the increasing price tag. It always will not 100% guarantee safety. The risks are simply too high. Nuclear power will increase the risk of exposure to radioactive materials which can be deadly and cause health problems such as cancers. Most importantly we already have wind, solar and other CLEAN,renewable resources that have costed much less.
I don't think we should use nuclear energy because its VERY dangerous. If you live near a nuclear energy power plant you are at risk all the time, the plant can blow up at any time if someone makes a little mistake. People are making dangerous weapons that can harm use. Nuclear energy is polluting the air. 1500 people die each year from the pollution it causes. I feel their is no need for nuclear energy and we can live without it.
Nuclear energy is a good source of electric energy, but is it really worth the cost??? It's not just about money, but rather the effect it has on the Earth. The effects are: water, air, greenhouse gases, and health concerns for people and animals. The pollution from nuclear waste doesn't leave the air or soil quickly, but lasts for many years. So I think with these facts that we should not have nuclear energy because of its great danger to the planet.
No we shouldn't use Nuclear power. It is deadly and dangerous to our world. I'll admit that it doesn't release Carbon Dioxide, but if we were to, say, put a Nuclear site in Nevada, thousands of tons of Nuclear waste, taken in trucks would go through Saint Louis every day, causing deaths, sickness, and possibly mutations. Not only that, but Radioactive waste is the cause of 1% of the worlds cancer, which may seem small but can add up to a lot of deaths and mourning. Also Radioactive waste take over 10000 years to deteriorate. Plus, where would we store that waste? What if those trucks carrying waste crash or become targets to terrorists.
All in all, the cons far outnumber any pros. Think about it. Every time we put up a nuclear plant, we just cause more deaths, sickness and problems for our world.