Nuclear Power... Friend or Foe?

WHY WE SHOULDN'T USE NUCLEAR POWER

"Each year, enormous quantities of radioactive waste are created during the nuclear fuel process, including 2,000 metric tons of high-level radioactive waste"

What EXACTLY is nuclear power?

Nuclear occurs when the nuclei of atoms either split (fission) or come together (fusion). The energy that is released by either of those processes is either released in the from of heat, light, or any other radiation.

It is basically like the domino effect with fission. Once one particle splits the others follow suit continuously.

It's different with fusion though. Fusion occurs when two light nuclei combine to become a heavier nuclei. It usually happens at high temperatures. Like sun temperatures. An example of this can be when hydrogen turns to helium on the sun.

“There is no safe level of exposure and there is no dose of radiation so low that the risk of a malignancy is zero" -Dr. Karl Z. Morgan, dubbed the father of Health Physics

THE DANGERS OF NUCLEAR POWER

Everyone knows radiation can help the energy crisis. But there are risks to it. Take Chernobyl for instance. A poorly supervised experiment with the water cooling system and and safety systems turned off which led to a nuclear explosion which literately blew the top off the reactor. They radiation spread all over northern Europe and even got readings from Sweden. In Fukushima, the water cooling system was damaged by an earlier earthquake and tsunami. People from BOTH Fukushima and Chernobyl experienced radiation consequences from the explosions. Birth defects happen in descendants of the victims, people are permanently scarred. With nuclear power, mistakes can't be made. People's lives are at risk. And why put people lives in danger when we have wind, solar energy. and so much more we can use?

"Yeah, it does. The realization of what happened comes only later, after you realize what you got afterwards. You know, I experienced cancer when I was 21 and now I'm kind of good and everything works out fine. So I just want to put out awareness about this, what happened and be a little bit more cautious." - Yuryi Litvinov A survivor of the Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster

"This is even before taking into account the astounding cleanup and health costs caused by radioactive waste pollution and nuclear meltdowns. Cleaning up Fukushima, if ever possible, will cost at least $100 billion and could be more than double that."

" A 1997 study found that those people living downwind of the reactor at the time of the event were two to ten times more likely to contract lung cancer or leukemia than those living upwind of the radioactive fallout"

Three GE engineering supervisors who helped design the Fukushima plants resigned because they felt that the plants were too dangerous. They noted, “We could no longer justify devoting our life energies to the continued development and expansion of nuclear fission power- a system we believe to be so dangerous that it now threatens the very existence of life on this planet.”

Rewnewable Energy Questions

What are other renewable energy sources that we could use in place of nuclear energy?

Resources that are considered renewable mean that they can be recycled or have an abundant supply of the source. Hydroelectric and Solar energy are the most popularly used renewable source. Hydroelectric power is using the motion of water to create energy. Solar power is using the rays of the sun to generate energy. There are other resources but these are the two major ones.

What are the benefits of using OTHER types of renewable energy?

Well it's renewable, which means it has an abundant amount of sources. It can reduce our needs of buying non-renewable resources from other countries, and our dependence on them. Strong winds, heat within the Earth, water, and rays from the sun can sustain our need for energy.


It keeps our atmosphere clean. It emits little to no greenhouse gasses and net carbon emissions, while depleting natural resources and no CO2 waste products. It will draw back the amount of toxic air pollution. It helps us protect the air from toxic pollution which in turn make people healthier.


It helps stabilize high energy prices. Since it only really relies on invested money and not rising and decreasing cost of natural resources governments around the world would only be paying a small amount on it and can deal with other serious issues. In fact the United States has the best wind resources in the world. Now that energy is the most cost effective source of energy, and technology has improved on wind turbines, it helps produce more cost effective manufacturing plants. Wind is a reliable source of electricity, as well as solar energy

Chernobyl Overveiw

A documentary about the horrific nuclear meltdown in Chernobyl

Nuclear Power Conclusion

Nuclear power is a great source of energy. But it is simply to dangerous. There are so many different other renewable energy sources out there. Such as hydroelectric power and solar power. Things that aren't going to hurt us if something, like a natural disaster. Or maybe not being careful. Things like cancer and birth defects still effect the victims of nuclear fallout. It effects surrounding nature, to where we can't even drink water. Gamma rays, can go through anything and everything, except led. Which is toxic to humans. Nuclear fallout still surrounds the town of Pripyat to where its in-habitable. Japan still suffers from the Fukushima nuclear meltdown. If a natural disaster were to strike a nuclear power plant devastation of surrounding areas put people's lives in danger. Why use something deadly, when we have plenty of power, wind, water, solar waves, ECT. Why put people's lives on the line when there are so many other ways to get a city going? Why take the deadly way out instead of the safe way?