This essay discusses some of the major advantages and disadvantages of nuclear energy. Nuclear power is generated using Uranium, a mineral of which one of the isotopes, U- is unstable.
Although using nuclear power as a source of energy has benefits like this, the danger posed by using nuclear power is very eminent. Another widely known nuclear reactor accident was the Chernobyl disaster that occurred on April 26, Black, Threats not only exists in accidents like the ones mentioned, but also threats exists not only from terrorists but also from other countries who have acquired or made nuclear weapons.
Millions of people will die not only from the initial explosions of the nuclear bombs but also from the following nuclear fallout that will cause widespread radiation sickness.
Use of nuclear energy has two advantages over fossil-fuel plants. The fissioning of 1 metric ton of uranium fuel provides the same amount of heat energy as burning of 3 million metric tons of coal or 12 million barrels of oil.
World Book Encyclopedia, The trade-off is that 1 nuclear plants costs more to build than fossil-fuel plants. In order for a nuclear plant to be built, it first has to pass several government requirements that a fossil-fuel plant does not have to meet.
Nuclear plants must pass government tests before a certain nuclear plant maybe deemed safe to start operation.
In addition to that there have been already many serious accidents involving nuclear plants like the Chernobyl nuclear plant disaster in and the more recent Fukushima daiichi plant in Japan that has already reached a certain level of severity making it as much or more disastrous that the Chernobyl accident causing widespread opposition against the building of more nuclear plants.
Although experts argue that nuclear power should be used as a source of energy because it is a clean source of energy and does not produce any chemical or solid pollutants, the uranium that is used in fuelling the nuclear plants still remains radioactive and can still harm the surrounding community.
To make it worse, the problem of nuclear waste disposal has not yet been solved. A number of solutions have been proposed like geological disposal wherein the radioactive waste is buried to meters below the ground or the more complicated and costly space disposal of nuclear wastes.
The latter being too costly because of the technology needed to be developed and financed to efficiently dispose the wastes. Proponents of the use of nuclear energy as a source of energy state that nuclear energy is the safest energy option. This, however, is contradicted and is shown to be questionable by the past nuclear plant accidents.
Also, uranium, the source needed to power a nuclear plant to generate electricity itself is dangerous. The threat of nuclear terrorism also exists as terrorists can use radioactive nuclear wastes in building nuclear weapons for self-interests which in turn can cause a nuclear war that has the potential to wipeout the human race from the face of the earth.
Summarizing and analysis of the pros and cons of the use of nuclear power, we can see that the sinister consequences of the decision to use nuclear power far outweigh the advantages of using such sources of energy.
Continued use of nuclear power could lead to more severe types of accidents with effects that can not be irreversible. Countries world wide should research on better and safer sources of energy rather than risking the lives of millions of people just to generate the energy needed to supply our daily energy requirements.Aug 23, · An Argumentative Essay “Use of Nuclear Energy: Safe or Not?” 23 Aug Most countries today are becoming more and more dependent on nuclear power as a source of energy because of its high energy output and the availability of uranium used for fuelling nuclear reactors that generate power to provide electricity in households.
Nuclear energy is the use of nuclear reactions to release heat which are converted to other forms of energy such as electricity.
This essay will argue that nuclear power is the best source of energy in the future. An Argumentative Essay “Use of Nuclear Energy: Safe or Not?” 23 Aug Most countries today are becoming more and more dependent on nuclear power as a source of energy because of its high energy output and the availability of uranium used for fuelling nuclear reactors that generate power to provide electricity in households.
(This can therefore be seen as an argument against banning nuclear power plants as there is the burning of fossil fuels that is taking place which are producing greater amounts of pollution than what nuclear power stations are giving off.).
Nuclear energy is the use of nuclear reactions to release heat which are converted to other forms of energy such as electricity. This essay will argue that nuclear power is the best source of energy . Nuclear power is a hot topic among scientists. This sample essay explores the pros and cons of nuclear energy, why we need it, and how to use responsibly.4/5(5).