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Is Nuclear Power safe compared to other forms

of energy in the world ?

Ortikov Firdavs

Class : English

Teacher : Mr. Janosch

Due Date: January 9


The worlds natural resources are being consumed at an alarming rate. As these

sources diminish, people will be seeking alternative sources by which to generate

electricity for heat and light. The only practical short term solution for the energy -

crisis is Nuclear Power. Nuclear power however is not as safe as burning coal gas,

coal or oil in a factory it is in fact, much more dangerous, There are dangers

associated with a nuclear power plants which far outweigh the benefits to society

as a whole and in part to the community living and working around the power

plants. About 20 percent of our nations total electrical consumption per year is

supplied by the nuclear power from the 100 or so nuclear power plants throughout

the country. Even though atomic power has been in use for over 50 years it was

primarily a tool of war and destruction when the war ended need for atomic bombs

diminished. The scientists who created weapons were out of the jobs. They then

turned this destructive power into huge plants generating clean and cheap

electricity for the country. It was called progress. Progress al brought with it

sickness, mutations, cancer, and eventually death to those exposed to high level of

radiation. Government declared that nuclear power is safe and efficient. Also have

big oil corporations who have a lot of money invested in nuclear power and want


see as many plants as possible put into and kept in operation.The truth is that

accidents do happen at nuclear power plants and at other facilities all the time.

An accident at a nuclear power plant has the potential to be much more

devastating than an accident at a coal or gas plant because of the radiation that

could be released. An example of this is Three Mile Island in City of Fukushima in

Japan. That was one of the biggest Nuclear Power accident in the world. China,

India, the United States, and the several Middle Eastern countries paused their new

programs for a safety review after Fukushima,but all have gone forward with

planned Nuclear plant construction. Even Japan,which shut down all of its 54

nuclear power plants immediately after the earthquake, has begun to restart its

reactor . After that happened people realized how Nuclear Power has really

strongly affect on our world. Nuclear Power is very important part of our energy

policy today in the U.S. A electricity is already being provided through the nuclear

industry efficiently, safely, and with no discharge of greenhouse gases or

emissions. ( Cheney 7 ); The Vise President Cheney said a lot of significant

informations about nuclear power to the Nuclear Energy Institute on May 22, 2001.

The 103 nuclear power plants in America produce 20% of the nations electricity

without producing a single pound of air pollution or greenhouse gases. (9).

Many people may argue that nuclear power plants and working in there is not

a safe to human life. There are some of the explosions was occurred after people

started developing nuclear energy around the world. Accidents such as Three Mile

Island and Chernobyl condemn thousands if not billion to pay the cost of nuclear

power with their own health. Understanding the nature of radiation is critical to

understanding the health impacts of nuclear energy. However most of the people

consider to living the area of the nuclear power plants because its not a safe to live

that locations.There are many routes of exposure to man-made radiation from the

nuclear industry. Relatively small but significant amounts of radiation are released

on a daily basis into the air and water during the course of mining, miling and

enriching uranium for fuel to create the nuclear energy. Additionally, a nuclear

power plant cannot operate without routinely releasing radioactivity into the air

and water through the normal operation of nuclear reactors. Finally, and most

frighteningly, accidental releases of even more radiation are commonplace in the

nuclear industry ( Caldicott 48 ); In my opinion I think we should not use nuclear

energy because it may cause to many health problems. People who live near a

Nuclear energy power plant they are at risk all the time, the plant can blow up

at any time if someone makes a little mistake. People are making dangerous

weapon that can harm use. Nuclear energy is polluting the air. 1500 people die
each year from the pollution it causes. I feel there is no need for nuclear energy and

we can live without it. However Nuclear energy has high effect on our economic

system. The cost for nuclear fuel is relative stable and runs around $5 for every

kilowatt of power produced.Coal, at its cheapest, is about the same but typically

runs about the same but typically runs about $2/kw.With more and more states

banning or strictly controlling coal mining, that cost will probably go up.The recent

mining accident will probably drive the cost of coal up.Natural gas and oil have

typically been $4 to $6 per kw, but a recent discovery of gas deposits in the

Midwest has driven gas prices down.Unfortunately, this still fluctuates greatly as

OPEC restricts their safe of natural gas and oil to artificially maintain prices high.

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 ( McDaniel 109 ); 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.

As a solution I would say there are some other ways to solve this major

problem. Renewable sources can be use as a solutions. The good news is that there

is no need to build new nuclear power plants to provide for the projected energy

needs of the future. Indeed, it would be possible, using other forms of electricity

generation, to close down most of the existing nuclear reactors within a decade.

There is enough wind between the Rocky Mountains and the Mississippi River

alone to supply three times the amount of electricity that America needs ( Deutch

161 ); Renewable energy also creates more jobs than other sources of energy-most

of these will be created in the struggling manufacturing sector,which will pioneer

the new energy future by the investment that allows manufacturers to retool and

adopt new technologies and methods. Increasing renewable energy has the

potential to create still more jobs.In 2009,the Union of Concerned Scientists

conducted any analysis of the economic benifits of a 25 percent renewable energy

standard by 2025: it found that such a policy would create more than three times as

many jobs as producing an equivalent amount of electricity from fossil

fuel-resulting in a benifit of 202.000 new jobs in 2025

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