The Benefits of Nuclear Energy

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The Benefits of Nuclear Energy It is imperative for the international community to look into other energy sources due to increase costs of fossil fuel and the ever-increasing demand of electricity. One of the most beneficial alternatives to fossil fuels is nuclear power. Some of the reasons that make nuclear power so beneficial include it’s efficiency, cleanliness, and safety. These reasons are emphasized when compared to fossil fuel electricity production. The unrivaled benefits of nuclear power demonstrate why it should be used as the primary electricity source for the future. Nuclear energy has proven throughout history to be a reliable source of electricity. The first nuclear power plant dates back to June 27, 1954, when the USSR’s Obninsk Nuclear Power Plant produced approximately five megawatts of electricity to a power grid (Nuclear energy, 2012). The Obninsk plant was the first of three nuclear power plants to become operational in the 1950s. England’s Calder Hall nuclear power station opened in 1956 and was the first commercial nuclear power station in the world (Nuclear energy, 2012). In December 1957, the United States’ first nuclear power plant became operational at a shipping port in Pennsylvania (Nuclear energy, 2012). As of Fall 2011, the number of commercial nuclear reactors had increased to 440 in 30 different countries (Davis, 2011). In 2011, the United States was operating 104 nuclear reactors generating 790 billion kilowatt-hours (U.S. Energy Information Administration, 2012). These reactors are currently able to supply just over 19% of the nation’s electricity needs (U.S. Energy Information Administration, 2012). This increase in the use of nuclear power demonstrates its potential to be an efficient and reliable alternative to fossil fuels, while fulfilling a growing need throughout the world. Increasing the use of nuclear energy and
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