Nuclear Power


Continued from Global Warming.

Unfortunately most of us have a fear of Nuclear Power due to this, and at the mere mention of anything Nuclear we would usually associate with a bomb or threat.
Other worries related to the use of Nuclear Power are Nuclear accident, (the Chernobyl disaster back in 1986 and the Three Mile Island accident in 1979), radiation and the fact that Nuclear waste will take 10,000 years of decay before it will actually pose no threat to the living which reside on earth. Even if the waste is reprocessed and the actinides are removed it will be exceptionally radioactive for at least 300 years. In the meantime the Nuclear waste will be kept in underground storage, though it has been argued that in fact it should actually be kept above ground, as we are always creating new technology and making scientific discoveries and it may actually turn out that the nuclear waste could be used for something else or even disposed of safely in a currently unknown way.

There are a number of positives to Nuclear Power and Nuclear Plants actually only need to be refuelled every 18 to 24 months meaning that the change in prices for fossil fuels such as oil and coal are not a large factor to the cost of Nuclear Fuel.
It must also be pointed out that Nuclear Fuel produces much less waste than Fossil Fuel power which (in particular Coal) produces an huge amount of toxic waste and even more Nuclear Waste than Nuclear Power! It must also be stated that although France, who produce the most nuclear electrical energy (78% as of 2006) and is one of the most densely populated countries, has the cleanest air of any of the industrialised countries and the cheapest electricity in Europe.

Continued from Global Warming.

Updated on 21st April, 2009

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