I recently had to do a research paper on Nuclear Energy and the pros and cons of the topic.
Nuclear power twenty years ago was dangerous and unreaalable to say the least. Ten years ago it haad improved, but now it is the looking like the most vaiable option to sustaining our need for power. Nuclear power IS safe, and in Europe, where the most nuclear reactors are, all the nuclear reacotrs are built ina standard form. That way if a part breaks the scatamics are all the same and it is easier for repair people to reach it. They had been having problems with companies that produced special parts going out of bussiness. When the part needed matience or to be replaced, no one knew how the thing worked!
Now with these streamilne models they can be safer and easier to use! These modifications will be adapted in the U.S. Simply because it has already been proven to work.
oh, and there won't be any mutants or any love canal stories from adapting to this power.
I don't like the idea of nuclear power much, no. I fear that nuclear plants will find a way to dump the waste in an area where it would be unsafe, instead of safely disposing of it, all because it cuts costs. I think geothermal is a better idea. And it's not radioactive.
Highly inefficient if you're in a country that only gets sunny for a smaller part of the year. Like say northern Europe or Canada.
Never mind currently our solar panels are at about 10% efficiency.
i totally want to be a mutant!!!! but besides that...i think using nuclear power is bad....and they should stop using it before its too late!blaugh
Why is it bad? Do you have any logical reasons?
I think we're passed due for another Chernobyl...
*Facepalm* Do you know why Chernobyl occured? First of all, the Soviet nuclear reactors weren't exactly known for being safe. Secondly, what kind of stupid scientist takes off the failsafe? The Chernobyl scientists of course. gonk
PS: Canada runs off of natural gas, hydroelectricity, and nuclear energy. xD
As long as they are closely regulated, I think nuclear power plants are a great way to go. There is one not too far from where I live, actually. My only complaint is the plant doesn't have adequate cooling towers installed (it's the oldest nuclear plant in the United States), so when it pumps the water used to cool down its machinery back into the body of water it got the water from in the first place, it is several degrees hotter. This can be detrimental for aquatic life... so as long as plants utilizes cooling towers and follows all regulations, I approve smile
As they say, nuclear waste is a terrible burden to place on our children's children's children's children's children's children's children's children's children's children's children's children's children's children's children's children's children's children's children's children's children's children...
I think we're getting away from the idea of what's really "natural" or not.
Several, several years before humans had anything to do with it, there were natural nuclear "reactors", that produced huge amounts of energy when we still had plenty of radioactive Uranium in the Earth's crust. link
And if you don't trust wikipedia, I'm sure you'll find its sources to be quite reliable.
In fact, if we're talking so broadly as nuclear reactions in general, the biggest nuclear reactor in the solar system is our sun, where we get almost all of our energy from in one form or another.
The half-life of radioactive byproducts of nuclear fission are very long, but they can be safely stored in solid lead casing. Lead, of course, is poisonous, and nobody will miss it if we put nuclear stuff in it and place it back in the ground where we found it.
Not to mention that using up nuclear materials for energy is a lot better than leaving it laying around to be used in weapons, in my opinion.
Hmm... I have to say I'm impressed with what people have had to say so far. My (incredibly bad, one-sided, and derogitory) science teacher made it seem like Nuclear Power is the ONLY way to go, and that everyone was for it. I, however, disagree. Nuclear power is NOT the only way to go. To name a few: geothermal, wind, solar...
I am opposed to Nuclear power. First, Radioactivity is NOT a good thing (nuclear radioactivity... we're talking HIGH lvls of Alpha, Beta, and Gamma rays). True, mutations is how we humans evolved to where we are now, but, honestly, what are the chances that a Alpha, Beta, or Gamma ray/particle hits a DNA strand and the resulting mutation is "good"? Honestly, not at all very high.
Second, it is just too unpredictable. Yes, Nuclear Power plants have gotten much safer, but that does not mean that they are safe. Ok, so the core is surrounded by concrete, but lets say that the core blows up. Now there is now a radioactive blownup core inside a concrete "barrier" (that is slowly or not so slowly becoming radioactive itself). So... now what? We can't just leave it there, because the concrete will only protect the outside world from the skyrocketed amount of radioactivity for so long.
Nuclear Power is the easy way out. It's a shortcut, just like burning fossil fuels. True, not all shortcuts are bad, but, honestly, this kind of shortcut got us where we are today. Lets not make the same mistake again.
I am opposed to nuclear energy. Though nuclear power may be good when made and used safely, but nuclear plants use much energy in cooling because of the radiation it emits. I prefer some of the ways our country makes energy: hydroelectricity, geothermal power, wind energy and solar energy. My dad being the founder of the Student Association of Valuers of Energy Resources (SAVER) of the University of the Philippines helps, but it's a small matter compared to world energy.
Well, on one hand, it produces less immediate pollution. On the other hand, it produces radioactive waste, which needs to be kept behind like, a mile of lead on all sides to make sure it doesn't irradiate and kill all life around it slowly and can't really be gotten rid of.
On the other other hand (after all, we are talking radiation here), nuclear plants have a (however big or small) chance of catastrophic meltdown, exacerbated by the fact that people in charge of these things like to forget about periodic check-ups and repairs because they cost money.
As for my opinion: I think the Sun would be a good place to dump nuclear waste. It's all a gigantic nuclear furnace anyway, what's a bit more fuel gonna do?
yes i like nuclear power becuse wala nang masyadong brown out katulad sa davoa may nuclear power plant pero sa butuan wala kaya pangit ang butuan kahit reach ang butuan sa mga mineral ayaw ko pa rintalk2handtalk2handtalk2handtalk2handtalk2handtalk2handtalk2hand