Environmental Disaster, Radioactive Zombies, And A Barren Nuclear Wasteland

1324 Words Oct 12th, 2016 6 Pages
Environmental disaster, radioactive zombies, and a barren nuclear wasteland. All three are common first thoughts when it comes to thinking about nuclear energy. Why? For starters, because our culture loves to focus on the horror stories like Chernobyl and the possibility of a nuclear meltdown. Fortunately, no matter which way you look at it, none of the hype is justified. Nuclear energy is one of the safest, most environmentally friendly, and most efficient forms of energy production that we currently use. It is an incredibly underdeveloped technology, and with more funding and public support it has the potential to become a bridge to help slowdown climate change, and move us into a cleaner and more environmentally friendly future. Nuclear energy is looked upon fearfully by a public who are widely undereducated by it. It should be moved to the forefront of our energy development list, and with public and partisan support, could become the leading producer of energy in our country, moving us into a future of energy independence. Nuclear energy is a complicated topic. With so many different types of reactors, fuels, and methods, it is not easy to simply lump all of nuclear energy into one unified category. We can start however by looking at the most common type of nuclear power plant. The Light Water Reactor is not the most ingenious or efficient model of nuclear production, but it was the cheapest and best value during the time when most reactors were being built. Light…

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