Dangers Of Nuclear Power

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“I am become death, destroyer of worlds.” These famous words were uttered by the J. Robert Oppenheimer - creator of the atomic bomb - at its first test in 1945. A few months later, two bombs were dropped onto Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the world was changed forever. Now, over 70 years later, we are using this same destructive power, but we are using it for supposedly peaceful and harmless purposes, such as creating electricity by splitting the atom. We seem to have forgotten what this power was originally intended for, however; to kill. The United States government should increase regulations on nuclear power and we as a society should leave this dangerous form of energy in the past because of possible future disasters, the multiple dangers …show more content…
This unsafe fuel can easily be stolen by criminals or worse and used to make weapons. (Josephson). And despite all these risks and more, government regulators continue to draw back regulations intended to protect the public from the dangers of nuclear power on the grounds of making electricity a little cheaper by allowing reactors to run longer and harder than ever designed. But human lives are not the only things at stake. This is not the only reason to stop nuclear power. Nuclear energy also poses a large threat to the environment because of all the radioactive pollution it creates. Just obtaining the fuel necessary to run a nuclear plant causes pollution. “At every stage in the production of nuclear fuels, contaminants are left behind. The mining of uranium, for example, produces highly radioactive tailings which can be blown into the air, contaminate soil, or seep into bodies of water.” The radioactivity can’t ever be fully contained and will inevitably escape. (Radioactive …show more content…
It’s simply less carbon-intensive than plants that run on fossil fuel, but not carbon free. Nuclear companies are lying by saying that nuclear power is green and carbon-free. (Clayton). In fact, nuclear power produces 250,000 tons of carbon dioxide every year. So nuclear power won’t really help very much in the fight against global warming. (Clayton). Other energies such as wind or solar not only produce less carbon dioxide, but also don’t leave behind radioactive waste that remains dangerous for hundreds, if not thousands, of years (Clayton). But even if you don’t care about the environment, there is one thing that everyone does care about; money. Nuclear power comes with an exorbitant price tag. With each plant costing billions of dollars and taking decades to build, nuclear power is exposed as an awful economic investment, as evidenced by how few people actually want to invest in it. “The continuing high construction costs of new nuclear power plants make them uneconomical. In fact, there have been no successful nuclear plant orders in the United States since 1973.” No one wants to invest in something with a large risk factor; why should nuclear power be any different? (Natural Resources

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