Benefitsof Nuclear Power
Benefitsof Nuclear Power
Oneof the major concerns in the recent times is the emergence and theuse of nuclear power. In brief definition, nuclear power is theadoption of the exothermic nuclear process to produce usefulelectricity and heat. However, since the emergence of the nuclearpower aspect and the nuclear weapons two conflicting sides of thesame coin have been brought forth (DeGroot et al, 2013).The establishment of a nuclear power plant stands at the borderbetween the humanity’s greatest hopes and its deepest fears of thefuture. The production of the power (nuclear) has brought along bothmerits and demerits to the people. In other words nuclear energy isthe usable energy that is derived from the atomic nuclei throughdifferent but controlled nuclei reactions through the nucleartechnology. Despite being a two sided topic, nuclei power hasnumerous benefits to the people.
Thesisstatement:The government should continue electing new nuclear power plants tosupplement the current energy sources this is despite the source ofenergy being criticized and in turn exploiting the numerousadvantages of the nuclear power.
Oneof the major advantages attributed to the production and use ofnuclear power is the fact that, the source of energy is clean andenvironmentally friendly. Nuclear energy is a clean safe, reliable aswell a competitive source of energy. Compared to other methods orsources of power, this method is clean as it has no emission ofpoisonous gases such as carbon dioxide, nitrogen dioxide ad sulfurdioxide (Hore-Lacy,2011).In other words nuclear power has reduced pollution effects to theenvironment and in the current world, the negative impact ofpollution has been a major concern among people, and in turn thepresence of a clean source of energy is an appositive aspect towardsenvironmental sustainability. Other sources of energy such as fossilfuels lead to production of greenhouse gases, which in recent timeshas been a major environmental threat worldwide due to the globalwarming impact. This has in turn led to the prevalence of the nuclearpower due to its cleanliness (Hillet al, 2006).
Inaddition, to the cleanliness, nuclear power is also reliable. Oneaspect is that, most nuclear reactors have a life span of aroundforty years, meaning there can be 40 years of power supply. Inaddition, compared to other forms of power, such as fossil fuels,which are consumed faster than they are produced, this means in thenext couple of decades, these resources may be reduced to very lowlevels or their prices will increase and in turn becominginaccessible to the majority of the people globally. On the otherhand, the nuclear power is inexhaustible.The main raw material behind the production of the nuclear power isthe uranium, which is abundantly found in the earth’s crust. Thisin turn places nuclear power at a better position sustains people’sdemand for power and energy globally. Additionally, the resourceavailability is competitive compared to other resources for otherforms of energy source (Hore-Lacy,2011).
Reducedwaste products are associated with the use of nuclear power. Comparedto other sources of power, nuclear waste is correspondingly almostabout a million times smaller than the fossil fuel wastes. This inturn makes it’s a better source of energy/power than the fossilsources, which produces more waste products than the nuclear power,this moreover contributes to clean environment through less pollutionas less waste products are produced. Moreover, the power source isreliable. This is due to the fact that, its production isn’taffected by the adverse weather condition and in turn ensuringcontinuous power supply to the people (Portney,2014).
Inaddition to the above benefits of the nuclear power, it also haseconomic benefits. The nuclear energy industry plays a vital role interms of job creation, as well as economic growth. This helps inproviding both short and long-term economic and employment benefits.For example, in the United States, the 100 reactors in existence havean estimated economic value in terms of electricity revenue and salesof around 40-50 million dollars, which is accompanied with more than100,000 employees working in the plants (Farrell,2008).
Finally,the source of power offers an alternative to cheap electricity, ontop of being efficient and powerful. Compared to other alternativesources of energy, nuclear power is powerful and efficient.Development and advancement in technology have turned the nuclearpower a more viable option than others (Hore-Lacy,2011).This is in turn leading to the huge investments by countries in theproduction and use nuclear power. In addition, the cost of uranium islow compared to other sources, the set up cost is high, but therunning costs are low, this in turn culminates into low cost ofproducing electricity and hence the cost of electricity to the peopleis as well low. Other benefits of nuclear power include easytransportation, and abundant in supply of the low material.
Despitebeing a controversial source of power, among people, it’s clearthat nuclear power is a key and important source of power/energy. Thesource of power is more beneficial to humankind compared to othercommon sources of energy such as the fossil fuels (coal and oil).This source of power is associated with numerous benefits such asbeing reliable, clean, and production of fewer waste products fromits production being some of the highlights as to why the powersource is beneficial to humankind. Additionally, this source of powerdoesn’t rely on weather condition, and in turn gives a continuessupply of power to the people. Nuclear power is therefore andessential source power in the recent world and should be adopted forits numerous benefits globally, economically and environmentally tohumankind.
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