Essay about Nuclear Power

720 Words Aug 13th, 2012 3 Pages
Nuclear power and hydropower, both are able to produce energy without releasing fossil fuels into the air. They are both inexpensive to run but they are expensive to build. Both of these clean air options have advantages and disadvantages. Nuclear power plants have had some major disasters in the past, which make people hesitant of building more. You have to think about the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster and 20th century Chernobyl nuclear meltdown. We have to consider what is best for our environment and if the risk outweighs the benefits. Hydropower was developed many years ago by the “1900’s it accounted for more than 40 percent of United States electricity.” (BOR, 2009) Hydropower produces clean renewable energy that does not …show more content…
And this problem is just that: one caused by a severe natural disaster, not the incompetence of engineers or operators.” (Turk & Bensel, 2011)
When think about Nuclear power plants you think about the two disasters that happened in Japan and Chernobyl. These are two accidents out of fifty years of nuclear power plants. In the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster caused by an earthquake and tsunami, which really was not the fault of the plant and people, running it. I do not think anything could of withstood the tsunami that happened in Japan can caused the nuclear disaster. Before the Fukushima Daiichi, nuclear disaster in 1986 there was the 20th century Chernobyl nuclear meltdown. This is disaster was not as big as the one in Japan. The disaster in Ukraine was not caused by a natural disaster but by the operators shutting down the safety system to run test. (Rosenberg, 2012) Now if they did not shut off the safety systems they would have been able solve the problem. Now this one disaster should have been avoided, if all safety equipment was on. People should have learned from the Ukraine disaster to make sure not mistakes like that would ever happen again. Now that I have written facts about the nuclear power plants the advantages and disadvantages plus the accidents, is it a good idea to make more of these plants? I feel it still is a good idea to make nuclear power plants because everything in life is a

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