Nuclear Energy

Friend or Foe?

What is Nuclear Energy?

Nuclear energy takes place inside the nucleus of a cell. It is made through uranium. It occurs during nuclear fission (splitting an atom in two) or fusion (combining two atoms to form one). Inside each uranium fuel pellet, there are millions of uranium nuclei. When these are split, a significant amount of energy is released. Some of this energy is from radiation, but most of it is the source of kinetic energy.

Nuclear energy is used to fuel homes, factories, and offices. We also use nuclear energy to fuel nuclear bombs.

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Is It Reliable?

There have been many disastrous accidents in the past, including Chernobyl and Fukushima, that both included nuclear energy. Here are a few disadvantages of nuclear energy:

  • Nuclear power plants use large quantities of water for cooling the generators. Some nuclear power plants remove large quantities of water from a lake or river, which could affect fish and other aquatic life
  • United States power plants produce 2,000 metric tons of radioactive waste every year
  • Nuclear fuels are non-renewable because its main product is uranium
  • If there is a radioactive accident at the plant, large amounts of radioactive material can be exposed to the area around it, causing serious damage to the citizens
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The World's Top Three MOST Dangerous Nuclear Disasters

Quotes About Nuclear Power

"Nuclear power is a dangerous energy source that creates more problems than it solves..." -Dan Becker

"We all need a wake-up call when it comes to understanding the threats which nuclear power and weapons pose today." -Paul Walker, Global Green USA

"A meltdown could cause tens of thousands of deaths and hundreds of billions of dollars in damages and spread radioactive contamination across vast areas for centuries." -Beyond Nuclear

Direct Quotes from Chernobyl Victims

“My friends were dying under my eyes,” said Konstantyn Sokolov, 68, a former Chernobyl worker whose voice was hoarse from throat and lip cancer.

“I try not to recollect my memories,” Sokolov said as Orthodox priests led the mourners in a somber procession. “They are very terrible.”

If we stop using nuclear energy, what will replace the energy reproduction?

There are a bunch of other resources that can replace the production of nuclear energy. For example, solar power, wind power, and hydro power. All of these resources are renewable, and are likely to never run out.

Conclusion: FOE

In conclusion, nuclear energy should not be trusted. If we continue to use it, it puts the workers at the nuclear energy plants at risk. It also can potentially effect the citizens living around these nuclear power plants. Nuclear energy can be replaced, and should be. We shouldn't be putting human lives in danger, just for energy!

Fukushima Support

Soldiers that were sent to clean up and help with Fukushima were exposed to radiation and are at risk. If you want to help them, watch the video below.
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