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Nuclear Power doesn’t solve global warming
news editor for The Journal Report in San Francisco, June 30, 20
Nuclear power isn't a solution to global warming. Rather, global warming is just a convenient rationale for anobsolete energy source that makes no sense when compared to the alternatives. Sure, nuclear power generates lotsof electricity while producing virtually no carbon dioxide. But it still faces the same problems that have stymiedthe development of new nuclear plants for the past 20 years -- exorbitant costs, the risks of an accident or terroristattack, the threat of proliferation and the challenge of disposing of nuclear waste.
Nuclear Power cant solve global warming because we still use fossil fuels and the supply of uranium is finite
, researcher on nuclear energy, September 1, 20
Sometimes that means glossing over the fact that annual global electricity generation is responsible for only about39% of atmospheric pollutants (the bulk of which are actually produced by trucks and cars). Even if the entireworld switched to nuclear power, it wouldn't solve the problem of global warming. The uranium we have,including that from recycled decommissioned warheads, won't last forever. In fact it's been estimated thateconomically viable (high-grade, low cost) uranium will run out in 50 years - much sooner than that if morereactors are built.
Nuclear Power can’t solve global warmingPublic Citizen’s Energy Program
The effects of global warming depend largely upon the energy path we take. Solutions will include changes both inelectricity production and transportation. For electricity, the current plan to build new coal and nuclear power plants in the U.S. will not be effective at halting global warming and will only make other problems worse. Of the153 newly proposed coal plants, most are in addition to existing coal plants – not replacing older plants – andalmost all will continue to emit large amount amounts of CO2, as well as sulfur, nitrogen oxides and mercury.Even if plants are built with carbon sequestration technology, there are likely to be problems with CO2 leakageand contamination, and coal mining will continue to pollute soil and ground water. Likewise, the proposal for more than twenty new nuclear reactors in the U.S. – while releasing fewer greenhouse gas emissions than coal – would come with its own set of problems. Building new reactors requires polluting uranium mining, the generationof radioactive waste, and increased proliferation, accident, and terrorist risks. No country in the world has found asolution for these problems. Proposals for new reactors, licensing, and construction together also require long leadtimes, at best 10 years, and would be expensive. Already wind power at good sites in the U.S. is significantlycheaper than power would be from new nuclear power plants.