Nuclear Power Is Foe

Riley Hart and Amelia Pierce

What Is Nuclear Power?

Nuclear power is a type of source for energy. Fission and fusion are the two types of nuclear power. Nuclear fission happens when a nucleus of an atom splits. A small portion of its mass is changed into energy. The heat energy boils water which then makes steam. The steam moves the turbines which then drives generators. The generators produce the electricity. And that's the basic way of how nuclear fission works. The other type, nuclear fusion, requires too high of temperatures to contain. So right now it can't be used as an energy source.

All About The Money

"Nuclear Power is too costly to matter" Nuclear power costs a lot of money in construction. A normal cost for a reactor which is the main part in nuclear power costs around $5 billion dollars. Some places won't even reveal how much the reactor costs because it's that high! In North Carolina, Duke Power won't reveal an estimated cost. "What Duke seems to be saying is that if suppliers knew just how expensive the plant is, they would want a bigger piece of the pie." Just two months before the power plant had been built they shared that it was estimated to be around 6 billion or 8 billion. Now they are saying it is confidential which leads us to believe it is higher than the 6 billion to 8 billion range. How do you solve the problem with the cost? You just don't use nuclear power. There are many other sources of energy that are cheaper. Like solar Power or wind power.

Chernobyl survivor

According to one of the survivors of Chernobyl Sasha Yuvchenko he said " All he heard was a heavy thud" then he mentioned not shortly after he felt a huge wave come through. Then all the metal walls had bent like rubber. He then looked up and there was no celling. He said " You don't feel anything at the time" Because they had no idea there was so much radiation around them. About an hour later he said he started to vomit uncontrollably. A couple of hours later he couldn't even walk but he didn't know what had caused it yet because he didn't know he was exposed to radiation so he was taken to the hospital. They couldn't help him so from there he was sent to a specialised treatment centre in Moscow. When he arrived all of his hair started to fall out, he was getting rashes, having breathing problem's and had to get a transplant due to him throwing up. The radiation had gnawed at his flesh causing deep tissue. Therefore his skin turned violet black. Yuvchenko was told by the doctors "We advised you not to have another child because of the risk that the child would develop leukaemia. The doctors also said "The doctors told me that if you've survived this, you shouldn't worry about anything else." And he survived.

Nuclear damage

According to the article 50 million curies of radioactivity was released into the air and affecting the city Kiev which holds about 2.4 million people. The radioactivity went about 1,200 miles away from the power plant which reached 20 countries. As an effect of this disaster people got cancer, disabilities, rare diseases, burns, ect. Between a wide range of 5,000 and 50,000 people contracted cancer becuase of this incident.

Solar power is way safer

Nuclear power including radiation has caused about 20 accidents, however wind power has fewer accidents. About 131 nuclear power workers have died in just the past year. The workers were not involved an in accident that could've killed them. What killed them was just having to be around radiation so much while working at the power plant.
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Chernobly Isn't the Only One

There have been many accidents with nuclear power. Chernobyl is just the most famous one. Another example of this is in Fukushima Japan an earthquake hit here and caused a nuclear accident."The Fukushima nuclear disaster showed us once again that nuclear reactors are fundamentally dangerous." Hundreds of thousands of people are still being affected by Fukushima today. About 160,000 people left that area and their homes because it was too radioactive. This incident along with Chernobyl has shown us that we shouldn't use nuclear power because so many things can go wrong at any given moment.

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