Nuclear Energy: A Nightmare

Why the nuclear industry should be stopped.

By: Alyks Odell

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INTRODUCTION:

On April 26, 1986 the sound of a deadly explosion was heard as the nuclear power plant in Chernobyl was destroyed (Snedden 38). It was a horrible disaster and just one of the reasons to hate the nuclear industry. However, nuclear has spread. There are at least 420 nuclear plants on earth (Graham 28). Because of this, some have become wary of the potential consequences like the Chernobyl disaster. Some might begin to question the reliability of such a dangerous energy source. Others might question whether nuclear energy is the energy for the future or if it should be forgotten. The fact is that nuclear energy causes too many problems to support the needs of the world's population.

Claim:

With such evident reasons against nuclear energy, it is concluded that the nuclear industry should be stopped. Nuclear power plants are a terrible source of energy due to their harmful waste and potential for destructive disasters.
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Reason 1: Radioactive Waste Dilemma

Nuclear Power plants produce harmful waste (Graham 15). This waste is radioactive (Snedden 5). This is a huge problem because the radioactive waste can cause lung damage when exposed to humans (Snedden 15). It can also cause other health problems (Snedden 5). Then, comes the problem of storing the dangerous waste so that it doesn't kill or harm unsuspecting humans. Some think the problem has no solution (Snedden 30). To store the waste is high maintenance (Snedden 30). To find sites suitable for such a challenging task is difficult (Snedden 30). To restore it would cause even more waste (Snedden 31). A lot of waste is produced and it is a problem that grows. To store the waste can ruin the beauty of the environment since the suitable waste storage areas would probably be located in remote lands where could be a feature of beauty. Plus, if a problem were to occur and the waste where to leak into water or on land it could cause huge dilemmas such as a wide-scale health problem in relation to radioactivity or animal deaths. Nuclear power is a source with a lot of harmful issues.
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Reason 2: Devastating Diasters

Nuclear power plants have the potential for devastating disasters. With nuclear energy comes potential dangerous consequences. Nuclear power plants have the potential to cause huge problems such as meltdowns, explosions, or the spread of radioactive material due to technology error, human error, or other causes. There are many examples of this. In Fukushima, 150,000 people had to be evacuated ("Nuclear Power Is an Environmentally and Economically Unsound Way to Address Climate Change"). In Chernobyl, there was a nuclear power plant accident that caused 330,000 people to be evacuated out of Chernobyl ("Nuclear Power Is an Environmentally and Economically Unsound Way to Address Climate Change"). This accident was an explosion that took place on April 26, 1986 (Sneeden 38). There was also other incidents. On March 28, 1979, the Three Mile power station was contaminated (Sneeden 36). There are many destructive disasters that the nuclear industry has been the cause of. Nuclear power is an unsafe energy source.

Conclusion:

Because of their dangerous waste and potential for destructive disasters, the nuclear industry should be stopped from expanding. It is dangerous, unsafe, costly, and can burden future generations. The call to action: stop the nuclear industry, before it's to late.

Citation:

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Graham, Ian. Nuclear Power. Austin, TX: Raintree Steck-Vaughn, 1999. Print.


Mcleish, Ewan. The Pros and Cons of Nuclear Power. New York: The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc., 2008. Print.


Salazar, Mario. "Nuclear Power is a Viable Source of Renewable Energy." Nuclear Power. Ed. Lynn M. Zott and Helga Schier. Detroit: Greenhaven Press, 2013. Opposing Viewpoints. Rpt. from "Nuclear Power: The Case for a Safe, Alternative Energy Source." http://communities.washingtontimes.com. 2011. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 21 Feb. 2015.


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