Nuclear Power

PROS AND CONS OF NUCLEAR POWER

Pros


  • Lower carbon dioxide released into theatmosphere in power generation.
  • Low operating costs
  • Large power-generating capacity able to meet industrial and city needs as opposed to low-power technologies like solar that might meet only local, residential, or office needs but cannot generate power for heavy manufacturing.
  • Known, developed technology “ready” for market.

Cons

  • High construction costs due to complex radiation containment systems and procedures.
  • High-known risks in an accident.
  • Target for terrorism.
  • Nuclear is a centralized power source requiring large infrastructure, investment, and coordination where other sources (including solar and wind) can be more efficient, less costly, and more resilient.
  • Waste lasts 200 – 500 thousand years.