Is It Time to Revive Nuclear Power

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Greg Stas College Writing II Mrs. Lasarenko 04/09/2006 To whomever it may concern, When asked if nuclear power should be revived, many people are quick to say no, and they say this with good reason. Nuclear energy was first used in the military. The disastrous explosions of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, however, took the technology quickly downhill and put millions of people in jeopardy for the next half century. Although we are now planning to use nuclear power in power plants, which is much safer than the military use, there are still many problems with it. The main problems with nuclear power are cost, safety, proliferation, and waste. The first is cost. When compared to natural gases and other forms of energy, nuclear energy has proved to be more expensive when looking at the total lifetime cost. Much of the reason for the high expenses is due to the large number of safety concerns that are associated with it and the precautions that must be taken when building the power plants.( ADD MORE COST REASONS. Nuclear power is very hazardous to both humans and the environment. Nuclear reactor accidents, such as those at Three Mile Island and Chernobyl, exposed the world to radiation. There is no safe level of radiation; any amount can kill. Another problem with Nuclear power is proliferation and potential security risks. Nuclear power plants may attract terrorists, and the reactors cannot be protected against terrorist attacks without high-cost measures being taken .(EXPLAIN HOW NUCLEAR POWER CAN BE USED AS NUCLEAR WEAPONS) The final problem is waste. There are many unsolved dilemmas when considering
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what to do with radioactive waste. There are temporary solutions, but THESE SOLUNTIONS ARE TEMPORY OR EXPENSIVE. The lifetime cost of nuclear power has been estimated at being higher than other power sources. This causes it to not be competitive with electricity from coal and natural gas. Overall costs of nuclear power include construction costs, operating performance, fuel price and other factors. Operating costs include the security of the building and the cost of fuel. TALK ABOUT MINING AND ENRICHING URANIUM Since a plant is only estimated to have a lifespan of 40 to 60 years, there will be costs for decommissioning, or tearing down, the plant at the end of this
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