Nuclear Energy... Don't use it!
by Skylar Lund, Chad Barth, and David Moeller
Why is it good not to use nuclear energy?
Using nuclear energy can damage lots of things: the environment, the economy, and the people. Here are some examples.
The social impact nuclear energy has on people is that there are high risks of accidents happening. There is never a 100% guarantee that nothing will go wrong. Another impact is that people who live near nuclear power plants there is a higher risk of them getting diseases, such as cancer. Shipping the nuclear waster internationally poses as a threat to increased potential terrorism.
Having a nuclear power plant can drain water from lakes and rivers and destroy the wildlife in it. Around 20-30 tons of nuclear waste are produced each year per power plant. Using nuclear energy requires the purchase of uranium, which is very expensive and hard to get to; much harder to grab than oil or natural gas. If a natural disaster were to occur, such as an earthquake or a tsunami, a nuclear meltdown would happen.
Nuclear power plants are very expensive to install, as it doesn't create incentives for energy saving. Getting your hands on just one kilogram of uranium can cost as much as $1,300 out of taxpayers' pockets! Nuclear energy generates federal tax payments of 67 million dollars annually. It costs as much as $2,000 per kilowatt per power plant when installed.