Isn't the saying “If it isn’t broken then don’t fix it.”? There is no reason for the world to switch to nuclear energy. Oil, coal, and gas don’t have the problems that come with nuclear energy production. Currently we do not experience radiation, meltdowns, and problems with waste disposal. These attributes come hand in hand with the production of nuclear energy.
Radiation has three major effects: cancer, radiation sickness, and genetic mutation. Cancer is one of the leading killers throughout the world. Radiation sickness has long-term and short-term effects; some are anxiety, fear, grief (other mental health problems) and most likely cancer. These mutations can cause birth defects and even leukemia in children. None of these problems occur with oil, gas, or coal. Is nuclear energy really worth the problems?
When water is lost in a reactor, bad things will happen. Rods will melt and temperatures will rise. Reaching 2800 degrees Celsius melts the fuel and a white-hot molten mass would melt through containment vessels onto the ground below. Along with all this trouble, we must remember that there is also radiation that is released when this happens. With the expansion of nuclear reactors we can only predict and increase in meltdowns.
How do we dispose of something that is radioactive for thousands of years? We don’t. They are placed in pools for some amount of years, and then are buried underground. We cannot continue to produce nuclear energy if we have no where to put the waste. Transporting this deadly waste is a hazard to the public that cannot happen. What will we do when all of our nuclear waste begins to build up and sit around?
I do not want to see my nation, my world fall down. I only want success for my future and the future of every other person. Nuclear energy is not the answer. Meltdowns, radiation, and exposure of nuclear waste cannot be avoided. We must continue our work on ways to produce energy. Nuclear is not...