22 October 2014
Nuclear Power a Solution to Climate Change
Climate change is all around us whether someone believes it for themselves or not. From the melting ice caps in Antarctica to the rising seas of Bangladesh. The increase of temperature in the earths atmosphere are rapidly getting worse and the reason for it is the burning of fossil fuels. We as a country, need to make a change in how we produce electricity to help our earth become a more sustainable place for our future children. A great solution to this issue we are facing is nuclear power. Nuclear power has its advantages and disadvantages just like any other form of energy. Although ...view middle of the document...
As stated by Andrews “wind power will always be a minor player” (Andrews 60). Same goes with biofuels, the land that we would need to plant all the corn for it to be effective is too large. Unlike wind and solar, nuclear power can be produced at all times. The problems that wind and solar have is that if there is no wind or no sun, there is no electricity. Bryce in Andrews article states that his solution to climate change is N2N, which is natural gas and nuclear power. He explains that both are a green superior substitutes to fossil fuels and that natural gas “is already cutting carbon dioxide emissions in the Untied States” (Bryce qtd. in Andrews 60).
An advantage for nuclear power is that although the initial cost of building the reactor is high, the actual cost of maintaining it is fairly low. Nuclear power uses uranium to generate the electricity which is low in cost compared to fossil fuels. As well as being low in cost it doesn’t take tons of uranium to produce electricity leading to low fuel cost (Kukreja). According to Kukreja “only about 28 grams of uranium releases as much energy as produced from 100 metric tons of coal” (Kukreja). Another advantage to switching over to nuclear power is the economic benefits for our country. According to the Nuclear Energy Institute, nuclear reactors produce $45 billion dollars in revenue per year and employ over 100,000 employees (Cost and Benefits). As stated by the Nuclear...