Nuclear Energy - Clean, Environmentally Friendly Energy

Nuclear Energy - Clean, Environmentally Friendly Energy
Nuclear energy is the world?s largest source of emission-free energy. Nuclear power plants produce no controlled air pollutants, such as sulfur and particulates, or greenhouse gases. ?Renewables? like solar, wind and biomass can help. But only nuclear power offers clean, environmentally friendly energy on a massive scale. The use of nuclear energy in place of other energy sources helps to keep the air clean, preserve the Earth?s climate, avoid ground-level ozone formation and prevent acid rain. ?Currently, there are 103 commercial nuclear power plants producing electricity in the United States, located at 64 sites in 31 states. They are, on average, 24 years old, and are licensed to operate for 40 years with an option to renew for an additional 20.? (http://www.nei.org). Therefore I see no problem with utilizing nuclear energy as our main energy source. It can be used all the time because it is renewable, it doesn?t harm the environment, with the new devices made, nuclear power engineers provide some safety for humans and animals. Problem with utilizing nuclear energy in full is the risks taken. In human cases, nuclear energy has radioactive particles that are harmful if exposed to them such as: gamma rays, beta rays, and alpha rays. Such types of harmful exposures increase vital injuries. For example: risks of cancer, lung limbs and brain birth defects, reduced immunity, genetic damages, etc. (Eser notes April 4th). In order not to suffer these consequences, some procedures and inventions have been produced. In the past, Fallout shelters were administered by the U.S. Federal Civil Defense Administration, which operated from 1951 in various forms until 1979, when its functions were pulled into the Federal Emergency Management Agency
. However, now this concern of being exposed to these sorts of particles has waned and people are not as worried as in the past. Do to having stronger plants for this sort of energy to be produced, these plants have been going on for years and it just keeps improving with use. The 103 U.S. nuclear power plants are licensed by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to operate for 40 years, and can renew their licenses for an additional 20 years (Eser notes April 4th). To date, 30 have received license renewal and 40 more are expected to have their licenses renewed. Eventually, virtually all U.S. nuclear plants are expected to apply for license renewal (http://www.nei.org). Citizens of countries where fossil fuels are being utilized are concerned at the possible chance of global warming. So many greenhouse gases emitted, ice burgs and caps are shifting or melting, that population is beginning to worry about what is going to happen to the environment in the future if this source is kept being used. With nuclear energy we don?t have to worry about the environmental changes. Nuclear energy has perhaps the lowest impact on the environment including air, land, water, and wildlife. Of any energy source, because it does not emit harmful gases, isolates its waste from the environment, and requires less area to produce the same amount of electricity as other sources. So why think so much is nuclear energy is great for the future of Earth, it is quite beneficial. Environment is not quite as concern worthy as the future of humanity. Bring out in the open too much to radiation is fatal. Already spoken about the medical consequences, citizens concern is how to protect ourselves from it. What we fail to realize is that radiation is even in our own homes. Heaters provide infrared radiation like sunlight. When heating food in the microwave, radiation provides the heating. All these types of radiation we have so far protected ourselves from all of it by wearing clothing and facial accessories (glasses, sunscreen, etc.). If there are inventions such as these already made then potential inventions are being thought of and made in the process in order for them to be more efficient than those that we use now. Nuclear energy sounds like the solution to all of the pollution problems in the environment. This sort of power keeps air, water and animals unharmed. Citizens are not as lucky to be safe with nuclear energy. Fatal injuries can occur when exposed to nuclear energy. Regardless of humans not being as protected as our planet is we should experiment more with this type of energy by making it the main provider of our heat and light.

Nuclear Energy - Clean, Environmentally Friendly Energy 7.9 of 10 on the basis of 1130 Review.