Nuclear Energy Essay

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With the introduction of new, clean alternative ways of producing energy such as wind and solar, the government has spent its resources focusing on developing effective ways to collect the power made by these renewable resources. The government has been offering incentives to companies that develop and create power using the sun and wind, but nuclear energy regardless of its clean nature has been ignored. Incentives for nuclear power plants are not being created and as a result, nuclear power plants are losing profit margin. Companies are forced to make decisions to shut nuclear plants down. Nuclear power plants are vital to supplying baseload energy, the amount of energy needed to meet demands twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, within …show more content…
However, nuclear power is a clean energy, especially in competition with its competitors: oil, coal and natural gas. Unlike coal, oil and gas, nuclear power production does not release any air pollutants. Gas and oil produce large amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2) which has known detrimental effects on the environment. Large influxes of CO2 usher in the greenhouse effect, an issue the government is has studied for over 50 years and is still working to resolve. The use of nuclear energy is one way to solve the environmental problem. Due to the containment of the fission reaction, any harmful gasses that could be produced and released are not; they remain in the fuel assembly [Fe 11]. Any gasses that could be released in the event of a malfunction would not add to the greenhouse effect because the fuel being used does not produce greenhouse gasses [Fe 11]. Also, all radioactivity is also contained within the unit and does not escape to the environment. Radioactivity would only affect the environment in the rare meltdown situation. Nuclear power provides more than 64% of clean-air electricity and proves to be an effective, clean competitor to fossil fuels …show more content…
The reaction is controlled and confined and the water used in the energy generation does not contaminate the environment with pollutants. The containment of the reaction allows for a much cleaner environment for local ecosystems. This specialized containment is not possible in oil, coal, or gas plant or during harvesting of the fuels. Oil spills occur often and destroy the habitats of many life forms. Nuclear fuel does not need to be constantly replaced like fossil fuels. The harvest is not as demanding on the environment as gas, coal, and oil. With fracking occurring every day, there is a greater probability of an accident occurring. Heavy reliance on these energy sources will increase the demand and therefore, increase the likelihood of an accident. The general population fears plants melting down due to incidents like Chernobyl and Three Mile Island but, these incidents are very rare and only two (Fukushima is in a different league due to natural disaster) have occurred in the seventy plus years that nuclear power has been in service. Plants and employees are also held accountable and have to pass inspections completed by the United States National Regulatory Commission (NRC). The NRC has standards every plant must pass in order to maintain running [Standard]. They also provide various plans for other events that take place in the industry. The NRC

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