Hydropower vs. Nuclear

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As our population grows our fossil fuel resources are depleting at an alarming rate. There are alternatives that have been presented to harness the Earth’s natural power to make up for our loss of fossil fuels. Hydropower is an alternative that could provide functional clean energy, but is this true? Not only the U.S. but many nations have been busy using modern technology to find other alternatives such as solar panels, wind turbines, marine and geothermal energy sources are just a few that have been named. Their goal is to reduce pollution and use of conventional energy sources. Hydropower generates about 20 percent of the electricity generated in the world, making it the most widely used alternative energy source on Earth. In the United States, hydropower accounts for about 10 percent of the total electricity produced, which means the US produces the second highest amount of hydropower in the world after Canada. In the United States, 28 million homes are powered by electricity generated by hydropower. Unfortunately, only 2,400 of the 80,000 water dams in the country are being used to produce electricity. (bionomicfuel.com) The pros to hydropower would be there is little to no carbon dioxide being generated, so there will be no air pollution which could add to global warming. If you construct a dam, it can generate electricity for years or decades to come. Wind turbines can use our wind as a free resource such as solar panels can use these free resources. The cons would be loss of land. Most of these alternatives would require large amounts of land that would have to be taken away from the land owner of course with a small amount of compensation. Not to mention the deforestation that would take place releasing more carbon into the atmosphere. The equipment used would be very costly and it could take years before a profit could be returned. We
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