This is a paper I wrote on why I believe that building a nuclear power plant is a good idea. I hope this article can persuade some people’s decision. Enjoy!
Nuclear power plants are a good idea
I think building a nuclear power plant is a great idea. Nuclear power plants are more efficient in producing energy than coal. While coal is burned, fission takes an atom, in most cases Uranium-235, and splits it. This causes a chain reaction that is controlled in a chamber. The energy released from this spins a turbine, which in turn creates electricity. Nuclear power is also a cleaner way to produce energy. When coal is burned it emits carbon. This is bad for the environment because it throws off carbon levels found on earth. When these natural levels are tampered with, the earth heats up at an alarming temperature. Not only are the chemicals emitted from coal harmful, also the way it is obtained. Every year 300 Americans are killed due to mining and transportation accidents. When fission occurs in a factory, no harmful gases are released into the atmosphere. The only harmful items left over after a nuclear reaction are the used fissionable materials. Although these items are considered dangerous, they are taken care of safely. This ‘nuclear trash’ is taken care of in many different ways. One way it is taken care of is deep ocean disposal. Containers made of borosilicate glass are filled up with nuclear waste. These containers are put into yet another water-tight metal container and dumped into the ocean. Another way of disposal is deep geological burial. Just like in deep ocean disposal, the radioactive waste is placed into containers which are then buried deep underground in non-populated areas. As you can see, safe nuclear technology is present in today’s world. While safe and clean coal technology has not been developed yet, nuclear power technology is very well developed and matured. All safety aspects have been accounted for making the overall nuclear technology better than coal technology. Not only is nuclear energy safer, it is also cheaper to maintain a nuclear power plant than maintaining a coal power plant. The life expectancy of a nuclear power plant is very long. This means that it is possible to get cheap energy for a very long time! It is obvious that a nuclear power plant would be a good idea.