The Benefits Of Nuclear Power

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Of the thirty countries that use nuclear power, the United States in the leading user of nuclear power as an energy source. Nuclear power is used as an energy source on a global scale, having roughly 430 operating nuclear power plant facilities located around the world. Nuclear power plants are currently producing about eleven percent of electricity globally and nearly twenty percent in the United States alone. Although many may think radiation from nuclear fission is always harmful, but nuclear radiation can be used to cure and treat diseases. In a nuclear power plant facility uranium is used as a fuel source to produce electricity. The uranium is used in a solid form and is combined with heat in a reactor therefore, undergoing a process called …show more content…
Contradicting this statement there is various amounts of information in her article on the stability and contribution of nuclear power. Stated before, nuclear power makes up nearly twenty percent of energy in the Unites States. Nuclear power useage in the Unites States is clearly stable and will grow in production in the near future. According to WNA; World Nuclear Association, seventy reactors are under construction and more are planned for the future (Sullivan, et al. 9). Not only expanding production of nuclear power facilities in the Unites States, nuclear energy is expanding globally and will continue to grow in numbers of nuclear power plant facilities around the world. The growth of nuclear power use will as well help unemployment rates to decrease and nuclear energy will expand in percentage of electricity use. Although there are many sources for energy such as; coal, hydro, wind, and solar, nuclear power has been a stable contributor to the production of energy. Nuclear power has jumped from 3 percent to twenty percent of power generation between the years 1960 through 1990 (Sullivan, et al. 9). Statistics show that nuclear power is growing and is more commonly used thus, nuclear power is in expanding production to the economy in the use of different energy sources. Not only being useful as an energy …show more content…
A major disadvantage to nuclear power is if there were to be an accident, there is the possibility of radioactive material not only being released into the environment affecting humans and other organisms in the surrounding area, but may also reach the atmosphere causing radioactive material to spread widely. “Chernobyl 's Legacy” an article by Mark Peplow, explains what had occurred during the nuclear accident in Chernobyl. In the year 1986, due to a flawed safety test, Chernobyl 's reactor four explodes, scattering debris from the reactor core over a wide area (563). Flaw in human error had been to blame in the accident being a fault in one’s miscorrestions in a test. Therefore, the use of nuclear power technology is not to blame in the situation but a simple human mistake. The article, “Three Mile Island: The driver of US nuclear power’s decline?” expresses collected data of effects after the Three Mile Island accident. The authors explain that nuclear power plant costs increased after the accident and plants had been delayed in production (Hultman and Koomey 64). As for the Three Mile Island incident, the disaster had not caused serious health concerns from radiation, but there is still an increase in the production of new nuclear power plant facilities. Slowing down the production of new and more advanced nuclear power plant facilities will not

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