Public Perception on Nuclear Energy Essay

1229 WordsDec 17, 20135 Pages
Discussion The perception of public towards nuclear power energy has always been negative. Most of them will only look at the negative effects of it and push aside the actual benefits that nuclear has to offer. Actually if we compare nuclear power energy with the other natural sources and also other renewable energy, nuclear is by far the best alternatives so far to replace fossil fuel and oil. Besides its capability of producing a high efficiency power output, it is also the world's largest source of emission-free energy. No controlled air pollutants, such as sulfur and particulates, or greenhouse gases will be produced by nuclear power plants. The use of nuclear energy will definitely helps to keep the air clean, preserve the earth's climate, avoid ground-level ozone formation and prevent acid rain. Compared to all other energy, nuclear offers the lowest effect on the environment including water, land, habitat, species, and air resources. Nuclear energy is the most eco-efficient of all energy sources because it produces the most electricity relative to its environmental impact. Along with other sustainable energy sources, nuclear power is a low carbon power generation method of producing electricity, with an analysis of the literature on its total life cycle emission intensity finding that it is similar to other renewable sources in a comparison of greenhouse gas(GHG) emissions per unit of energy generated. Besides that, with one uranium fuel pellet roughly the size of the tip of an adult’s little finger contains the same amount of energy as 17,000 cubic feet of natural gas, 1,780 pounds of coal or 149 gallons of oil. If we look at the use of land perspective, multi-reactor nuclear power plants like Palo Verde in Arizona with a single plant are able to produce electricity in quantities that would require over 60 square miles of photovoltaic panels, and from 15

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