Risks Versus Reward Of Nuclear Power Use Essay

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Risks versus Reward of Nuclear Power Use Marcia Ray SCI 207 Instructor Walter Lambert March 5, 2012 In creating energy sources, you must weigh the good and the bad to get the full potential results. There will be cases when the outcome is good and everyone is all for it and then times when there are bad and everyone wants no part of it whatsoever. This is the case with using nuclear power. You have some opponents who would not have it any other way and will give you all the benefits using nuclear power has. I will attempt to discuss the good, the bad and the ugly of using nuclear power as an energy source. There has been recent news in reference to the nuclear disaster resulting from the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in 2011. Japan had an up and running nuclear plant and because of the severity of the earthquake and tsunami, suffered a major blow to their facility. The only other time there has been a severe disruption to a power plant had been the Chernobyl disaster of 1986. There has also been other instance of radiation leaks at nuclear plants, such as the Three Mile Island incident in the United States in 1979 (Hibbs, 2012). In using hydropower, it is considered the most important and widely used renewable source of energy. It also represents nineteen percent of total electricity production with china being the largest producer followed by Canada, Brazil, and the United States. Untapped hydro resources are still in abundance in Latin America, central Africa, India and China (Turk &Bensel, 2011). Although most energy is produced by fossil fuel and nuclear power plants, hydroelectricity is still important and seven percent of total power is produced by it. There are also many advantages to using hydroelectric power such as no fuel is burned so minimal pollution. Water to run the plant is provided by nature and it plays a

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