ENERGY AWARENESS

ESSAY

Christopher Graham

U. An analysis of the literature on its total life cycle emission shows that it is similar to other renewable energy sources in a comparison of greenhouse gas generated. or nuclear energy. Companies such as the World Nuclear Association. emissions of harmful elements have remained controlled. Nuclear energy isn’t all about sustainable energy its more to it than just that. In the USA. sustainable energy source. Greenpeace International and NIRS. The opponents of the previous companies. Radiation is comparable to smoking. since we now have all of the advanced technology to warn us when a meltdown is going to occur. I feel as if nuclear energy is not always bad. According to the IAEA. and there is no threshold that is saying there is absolutely no harm but it is something that won't automatically kill us as long as we do it in moderation. or drinking alcohol. The human costs of evacuations of affected populations and lost livelihoods is also significant. That is why we have to advance in our training and knowledge about nuclear power plants. analysis have determined that nuclear power has caused less fatalities per unit of energy generated than the other major sources of energy generation. Especially. the effects of nuclear energy is not bad. natural gas and hydropower has caused a greater number of fatalities per unit of energy generated due to air pollution and energy accident effects. Presently the nuclear fission of elements in nuclear energy is in the direct service of humankind. Along with sustainable energy sources. nuclear power is a low carbon power generation method of producing electricity. if used for the right things. two new Generation III reactors are under construction at Vogtle. nuclear decay. uses making up the rest. Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. Personally. Too much of all those things is harmful. From current studies. say that nuclear power poses many threats to people and the environment. to having prevented the emission of approximately 64 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent greenhouse gases.Nuclear power. All of the events that were I stated were accidents and those don’t happen very often. or breathing city smog. There is an ongoing debate about nuclear power. All of the disasters and accidents were man made problems. and meltdowns can make areas uninhabitable for very long periods. gases that would have otherwise resulted from the burning of fossil fuels in thermal power stations.” Energy production from coal.S. the IAEA and Environmentalists for Nuclear Energy agree with me when I say that nuclear power is a safe. and the Three Mile Island accident. The only reasons there are accidents with nuclear power plants is because humans were making mistakes. with nuclear decay processes. However. It helps humans and the environment. The term(s) include nuclear fission. and thermoelectric generators. radiation. nuclear industry officials expect five new reactors . is the use of nuclear processes. Economic costs of nuclear power accidents is high. there were 68 civil nuclear power reactors under construction in 15 different countries. petroleum. The World Nuclear Association stated “In terms of lives lost per unit of energy generated. We are always exposed to radiation which shows that some radiation isn't harmful. With all of this from the beginning of nuclear power stations in the 1970s. primarily in the form of geothermal energy. during 2012 worldwide. to generate useful heat and electricity. and nuclear fusion. They bring up the nuclear power plant accidents including the Chernobyl disaster.

in 2011. understanding. while the coal and gas electricity industry is projected to be worth $85 billion by 2013. Annual generation of nuclear power has been on a slight downward trend since 2007. decreasing 1. In the US. uncompetitive. and equipment when dealing with these types of things. nuclear power generators are forecast to be worth $18 billion. Japan's 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. Following Fukushima. the IEA halved its estimate of additional nuclear generating capacity to be built by 2035. In 2011 nuclear power provided 10% of the world's electricity in 2007. the IAEA reported there were 439 nuclear power reactors in operation in the world. four aging. prompted a re-examination of nuclear safety and nuclear energy policy in many countries. operating in 31 countries. although two were connected in 2009. This statement further proves my point. In 2013. . us as a people need to update our knowledge. Since commercial nuclear energy began in the mid-1950s. reactors were permanently closed. 2008 was the first year that no new nuclear power plant was connected to the grid.8% in 2009 to 2014 with nuclear power meeting 13–14% of the world's electricity demand.to enter service by 2020. which occurred in a reactor design from the 1960s.

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