Nuclear Energy Is The World 's Most Catastrophic Nuclear Disaster

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Nuclear Energy Nuclear energy is energy stored in the bonds holding protons and neutrons together in an atom 's nucleus, when split the broken bon releases an enormous amount of energy—nuclear fission, according to Nuclear Energy. Nuclear energy has been a global energy alternative source for nearly half a century. Its predecessor, nuclear power, developed for military use in World War II became the biggest fear during the Cold War. After the Cold War, international use of nuclear weapons were banned, and an initiative to transform weaponized nuclear power into a positive model for energy. Nuclear energy is the most feasible alternative energy source because of its low environmental impact, relatively low cost, reliability, and high energy output. Contrastingly, three concerns of nuclear energy opposition are safety, radioactive waste, and limited sustainability power. In the brief history of nuclear energy, two catastrophic disasters will always raise doubt about the safety, radioactive waste, and sustainability of nuclear energy. The 1986 Chernobyl power plant accident in the Ukraine is the world’s most catastrophic nuclear disaster. According to the World Nuclear Association, the accident “was the product of a flawed Soviet reactor design coupled with serious mistakes made by the plant operators.” (World Nuclear Association) 77 people died as a result of the nuclear radiation and flying debris; within a 30 kilometer radius of the plant, “115,000 to 130,000 people were…

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