Nuclear Power: An Alternate Fuel
By Jacob Regis
As I have said before, and kept saying, a nuclear reactor is actually a steam engine. The Uranium has constant nuclear fission happening, which heats the water to turn it into steam, which moves a turbine, which makes electrical energy. Unlike most coal-steam engines, the Uranium has to be continuously cooled, or you could risk a meltdown.
Benefits and Drawbacks
No CO2 emissions.
Only a little fuel equals a lot of energy.
We already have all the technology, we just need to start relying on this instead of fossil fuels.
Some drawbacks are:
Meltdowns can happen if it is not cooled.
Radioactive Waste is a byproduct, and is hard to get rid of.
A targeted attack could result in a meltdown, possibly killing thousands like Chernobyl.
Not exactly in my community, but it is only a little south of us in DeWitt county, and if more importance was given to nuclear reactors, it could probably power us too.There are also numerous other reactors (all owned by Exelon) around Illinois mostly in the north. There are reactors in Will (where my uncle works!), Ogle, DeWitt, Grundy, LaSalle, and Rock Island County.
Nuclear energy is just transformed into electrical energy, and nothing in our homes or schools or anything else would change.
The real pollution is the spent nuclear fuel. It can’t be used anymore, but still lasts a long time. The only thing we can do with it is store it away somewhere. It only pollutes the water used to cool and make steam inside the reactor, not any other water. There is not any pollution in the air. Inside the power plant, there is a lot of noise from machines, but outside it, there isn't much, if any. The only major pollution is nuclear waste, which seems a huge improvement over tons and tons of CO2 emissions from fossil fuels.