In this Article Jon & Greg will be debating on whether Nuclear power is good or bad for the planet. Jon will be enlightening us to why he believes Nuclear Power is bad for the planet whereas Greg will be explaining his view of how he believes Nuclear power is good for the Planet. Greg will be the first to put his point across, Jon will follow then they will decide on whose argument is better and then conclude with their answer.
All of the factual evidence I have stated i found from this website http://dsc.discovery.com/tv-shows/curiosity/topics/10-pros-cons-nuclear-power.htm For the China reference it is in section 8.Cost Effectiveness.
Nuclear Power is one of the positive things that crosses most people’s minds and I do believe that it should be highly regarded as part of the future. Many people may believe that nuclear power stations create loads of smoke and damages the environment more than it helps. This however, is false, the fumes that come from the towers are merely only steam not heavily induced carbon based smoke like other types of fossil fuel burners. To reiterate this point Nuclear power is much more renewable and produces more electricity than other renewable sources like Solar & wind power.
Now many people will believe that many countries that are using nuclear power are stealing money to make people poorer, however this like the last belief is wrong also, this is because the plants that are currently working are giving jobs to people therefore lowering unemployment. Unemployment can be lowered even further by the creation of new power plants as there will be jobs for people to help construct the plants and then jobs for people to work in them.
Many supporters of Nuclear Power have voiced many good reasons behind why it is cost effective, for example as I said in the previous paragraph, the building of plants will bring two types of employment, to build the plant and then to work in the finished product. Another good point in the cost effectiveness of Nuclear power is that it produces more energy in kilowatts than; coal, wind and solar power for cheaper prices. Now that should help persuade some of you into understanding the benefits of nuclear power right? Still not convinced well let me continue then surely China is the example we should be following, although it focuses mainly on wind farms it is the cleanest country when it comes to power, nuclear power is one of its biggest energy manufacturers.
Now you may believe that nuclear power can only help developed countries like the United States, the United Kingdom and Europe in general but you would be wrong, massively wrong due to the fact that Nuclear power is cheaper to sell. This means that developing countries like Ethiopia and Ghana could purchase nuclear power to help get electricity and energy flowing through their communities. This would then increase employment in those countries and therefore improving the lifestyles of those who desperately need their country to improve. Also there are new safer ways for the reactors to be protected.
Many people fear that nuclear bombs could be made from stolen radioactive materials however, it is very difficult to steal from a Power Plant as the thieves would need a lead lined truck to be able to get through security detectors and even though that may be all they need they can still be tracked even with a lead lined truck. Security is also very high around Power Plants. If you are a supporter of nuclear power than you should know that power plants are a lot safer than they were in previous years. Even though Chernobyl & The Mile Island are examples of poor security we have learnt from our mistakes as the U.S.A have built plants with a 4ft thick and tall structure around the plants to protect civilians, Chernobyl & Three Mile Island on the other hand did NOT have this set in place. This is how we can avoid risks of injury through radioactive materials escaping the plants.
A typical Nuclear Power Plant is great when it comes ot not using loads of land to be created, it only uses 200-400 Acres which is a massive downsize compared to other types of energy. As everybody knows eventually the fossil fuels will be gone and when it’s gone it’s game over for the fossil fuels, we need a new type of power to keep us going. Nuclear Power is the way forward I believe and I think it should be given a chance.
Nuclear weapons (Dirty bombs ect.) is one of the negative things that crosses most people’s minds, and it should, admittedly at the moment it’s of little concern but should nuclear power truly take off it would be. The problem would come in the fact that more plants equal more materials, and hence the probability of the theft of that material goes up. Another possibility is that you have a politically unstable government with nuclear power, hey presto, recipe for disaster.
You think nuclear power is clean energy? WRONG! It is not, well not when you look at it as a whole that is. Because when you factor in the emissions from mining and transport of the fissionable materials (most of which are currently imported) not to mention the building materials of the plant itself and all subsequent storage facilities (for nuclear waste) that need to be built, it soon adds up to quite a lot of CO2.
It is not cheap like some would have you believe, the exorbitant cost of materials, the long term storage of waste, and finding skilled workers or training new ones can add up to a lot. The costs can be even worse for less developed countries that might have to deal with things like setting up a power grid and other stuff.
Waste! Waste! Waste! In the modern world we are always trying to reduce waste with reducing, reusing, and recycling, but nuclear waste is one of the worst. To start off with its waste, and any waste is a bad thing, second it’s not biodegradable so it’s going to be around for a while. Next it is radioactive (and will be for 1000’s of years) which is highly dangerous, and last but not least we’re running out of room to put it, to be truthful there’s not much room for normal waste left, not to mention the fact that nuclear waste has to be stored in steel-lined concrete basins filled with water.
Nuclear power plants are unsafe. In the US the last order placed for one was in the 70’s so they’re out of date on safety standards, this is shown by the disasters we’ve had with them, such as the 1979 partial meltdown of a reactor at Three Mile Island, the Chernobyl disaster in 1986 and the more recent incident in Fukushima. Events like these can contaminate nearby water and make the surrounding land inhospitable for years to come; also there are the risks to us like birth defects and cancer, which are always terrible things to happen.
Reliability is always a factor nowadays, and nuclear power is often said to be more reliable than renewables like solar (dependent on the sun) and wind (dependent on the wind) but that’s ignoring the fact that it is at the mercy of uranium supply. Another thing that’s said about it is that it’s infinite, but it’s not: when it’s gone, it’s gone.
Both sides have discussed and debated and neither can decide a clear winner. This means that even though both sides have their highs they also have their lows where the other side can fill in. This means that even though it may be a good option there are too many faults that stop it from becoming an overall winner. Neither side wins due to the fact that both sides counterbalance each other.