What are your opinions on Nuclear Power and why?

I have an assignment and i need reasons for and against nuclear power so what do you think about it and why?

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5 Responses to “What are your opinions on Nuclear Power and why?”

  1. Macaque said:

    Nuclear power (fission) produces dangerous radioactive waste that lasts thousands of years. There is no safe place to store this stuff, so we shouldn’t be making it.

    Nuclear power does not produce greenhouse gasses and we know that fossil fuels will eventually run out. We need nuclear power to keep up with civilisation’s demand for energy.

  2. banor said:

    Current nuclear fission power plants produce radioactive waste, which take centuries to decontaminate, and so have to be stored safely and expesively. They don’t produce greenhouse gases though.
    However, it is expected that within the next 20 to 50 years the successful development of a nuclear fusion power plant will occur. This will utilise basically the same reaction as occurs at the centre of the sun, and will produce no long term radioactive waste.
    There was a very interesting horizon programme on BBC2 this week called can we make stars on earth….very interesting, if you hurry you can catch it on bbci player – http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/search/?q=horizon

  3. skg8806 said:

    I’m a nuke so I guess I’ll take the Pro position since you don’t quite have one yet. (I’m a bit bias but I’ll try to stick to the facts.)

    -First off, nuclear power is by far the cleanest, safest and most cost effective way of creating power

    -Fission does produce radioactive waste or “depleted uranium” and depending on how it was designed and used it can have a high or low radiation level. Right now we bury it in the mountains and let it set, where it is safely far from the public. The half life of the waste is very long so that is why it takes a while, although many scientists are working on a type of containment in which they can speed up this process to less than 50 years. Even so the public’s view of radiation and its hazards is way worse than the actual truth.

    -Safety is huge in the nuclear world. All reactors are built inherently safe, which is hard to explain but basically between that and the backup system after backup system we have on them, it is virtually impossible for any “meltdown” to occur. And due to the massive amounts of shielding around the reactor the near public will receive no extra radiation from the reactor. Just the normal amount from the sun and Earth.

    -Fusion which is basically fusing two atoms together vise splitting one apart (fission) and creates way more energy. As the last person said they are working on it, but as of now it is pretty far off. (We don’t have anything on Earth that can contain the heat for one)

    Hope this helped

  4. mileyrae_82 said:

    I think that nuclear power is great because my husband is a nuclear engineer and it provides our family with all the things that we have. But its a great source of power because it only takes a very tiny amount of uranium, like 4 ounces to last a whole year. It is also not as dangerous as we are made to think that it is.

  5. Nukemann said:

    PROS
    !. Fission is the most energy for the least fuel with current technology.
    2. Less fuel means less waste, and the waste is all accounted for, not released into the atmosphere to become someone else’s problem.
    3. Uranium is readily available, very common in the earth’s crust (about the same as tin)
    4. Economical – operating cost about the same as coal, fuel cost is a much smaller percentage of the total, therefore less susceptible to price fluctuations.
    5. Reliable – Nuclear power plants have very high capacity factors.
    6. No combustion, no Co, CO2 or SO2 released.
    7. Creates jobs.
    8. Reduce dependence on foreign oil/ fuel. Uranium available domestically and in oceans.
    9. High temperature reactors could produce Hydrogen as well as electricity.
    10. Fantastic safety record.

    CONS
    1. Irrational fear of all things nuclear.
    2. High cost to build and license, large initial investment for long term pay back.
    3. Publicly accepted high level storage facility not domestically available.
    4. Reprocessing facility not domestically available.
    4. High cost of personnel.
    5. Security concerns,
    Nuclear power, I believe is the best, safest, most reliable, current technology to provide energy. The plants operating now are safe and the new designs are even safer.
    Building 100’s of new nuclear power plants would improve the economy, reduce or eliminate dependence on foreign oil, create jobs, reduce pollution, and provide for future technological advancement.
    I have been working with nuclear power for about 30 years, I would be glad to have a Nuclear power plant or high level waste disposal facility in my backyard. My family and I live in a home within 10 miles of a nuclear power plant. (where I work) I have a great understanding of the risks involved and am completely comfortable with a plant “in my backyard”.
    Using Chernobyl as a reason not to build is like saying because of the Hindenburg I will never fly in a commercial airliner.
    Nuclear power has the smallest environmental impact of any current energy production method per unit of energy produced. One fuel pellet about the size of a pencil eraser produces the same energy as about 1 ton of coal, and if reprocessed 2/3 of what’s left can be reclaimed. Nuclear power is our best option for reliable, environmentally friendly, base-load electrical power.




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