nuclear energy

by maet, paul, kyle

5 con

  1. High construction costs due to complex radiation containment systems and procedures.
  2. Long construction time.
  3. The majority of known uranium around the world lies under land controlled by tribes or indigenous peoples who don’t support it being mined from the earth.
  4. Uranium sources are just as finite as other fuel sources, such as coal, natural gas, etc., and are expensive to mine, refine, and transport, and produce considerable environmental waste (including greenhouse gasses) during all of these processes.
  5. Nuclear is a centralized power source requiring large infrastructure, investment, and coordination where decentralized sources (including solar and wind) can be more efficient, less costly, and more resilient.

5 pros

  1. Lower carbon dioxide (and other greenhouse gases) released into the atmosphere in power generation.
  2. Low operating costs (relatively).
  3. Known, developed technology “ready” for market.
  4. 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).
  5. Existing and future nuclear waste can be reduced through waste recycling and reprocessing, similar to Japan and the EU (at added cost).