The Road For Clean Energy Is Paved With Nuclear Debris Essay

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The Road to Clean Energy is Paved with Nuclear Debris Since the dawn of nuclear power, mankind has been enjoying a relatively cheap and clean energy source that can be relied on as a steady alternative fuel source. Its benefits, though, can easily be outweighed by its detriments. No energy source compares in its potential life-threatening risks to that of nuclear energy. Such disasters may be overlooked due to their rarity and need in a rapidly-evolving society. However, at what point does the threat of millions of lives outweigh the possible boost gained because of the fuel source? Nuclear power contributes to about 6% of the world’s energy and around 13-14% of the global electricity (United States Department of Energy). Instead of burning fossil fuels, nuclear power plants set off chain reactions through nuclear fission. This process creates heat, which can then be used as energy. Due to the lack of combustion, nuclear reactors creates no CO2 emissions and can be relied on for long periods of time (Energy Resources: Nuclear Power). However, nuclear power has dangerous consequences if things go wrong. Two of these catastrophic disasters have happened in the last thirty years. The first of which occurred at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant near Kiev, Ukraine, in April of 1986. AS Meybatyan puts it, “…an explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant…caused a fire that lasted for ten days and radioactive debris to spread over thousands of square kilometres.”…

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