Why Nuclear Power Should'nt be Used

All the reasons why NOT to use it

"Nuclear power has been a significant source of energy in many parts of the world since the 1950s." Nuclear Energy Opposing Viewpoints say. I agree, it has been a very important energy resource in the world, but also a deadly one.
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For example, the city of Chernobyl, Ukraine (above). In 1986, the nuclear power plant in Chernobyl exploded leaving thousands infected with radiation. Many died from the radiation, and most, a generation later still see birth defects from the radiation. If we keep using Nuclear power and aren't extremely careful, many cities could potentially look like the image you see above.
As you can clearly see, this can be the very likely cause of using nuclear power, because accidents are bound to happen.

Chernobyl Nuclear Accident

Saturday, April 26th 1986 at 1:30am

Pripyat, Kyivs'ka oblast, Ukraine

Pryp'yat', Kyivs'ka oblast

How Nuclear power is "A target for Terrorists, and a source of nuclear weapons."


"Nuclear power belongs in the dustbin of history; It is a target for terrorists, and a source of nuclear weapons." Greenpeace International states. We all know that in this time, threats for terrorism is large. By adding nuclear power plants to crash planes into, its pretty much a hot spot for terrorists. Sure you can have high security, but that didn't seem to work out so well for the twin towers. If the world relays more and more on nuclear energy, its creating more chances and opportunities for terrorists to attack. If they did attack nuclear power plants it would be about the equivalent amount of radiation that Hiroshima and Nagasaki had when the U.S dropped the two atomic bombs. Terrorist attacks may not be happening left and right if we got more dependent on nuclear power, but terrorist attacks are bound to happen eventually, and we need to save many innocent lives.

Where does the nuclear waste SAFELY go?

Nuclear waste is "radioactive waste material." dictionary.com defines. Right now there is no safe and environmental friendly place to store nuclear waste, so the more and more nuclear power plants we add, the more ways the earth could potentially be destroyed, and people could get hurt. It it also extremely expensive to store. Even though nuclear power plants are paid for by a private company, American tax payers have to pay for the storage. Nuclear power can be very beneficial but we need to think about what happens AFTER. For example the Yucca Mountain Site holds Nuclear waste. The U.S government said the Yucca Mountain, Nevada was the best place to store nuclear waste. "There is no way that the storage site will remain safe for more than two thousand centuries." Stuart A. Kallen states. Using Yucca mountain means that radioactive waste can leak (already is), get in the rain water, and poison everyone living in the area. Even though nuclear power can be beneficial for a period of time, we are destroying our planet forever,
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Different Environmentally Safe Ways to Prouduce Power

There are other ways instead of nuclear power, to safely and effectively power the earth. For example there is solar power which is these panels that get power from the sun. Another example is wind power. "Wind is a native fuel that does not need to be mined or transported, taking two expensive costs out of long-term energy expenses." Sylvia Engdahl explains. This is yet another way we can have cheap, environmental friendly, power. Yet another way to get green electricity is hydro power from dams or waterfalls. There are many many more ways to get green electricity.

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