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Labs 13 & 14: Debating Environmental Issues
Purpose: The purpose of this lab is to become familiar with the positives and negatives of nuclear power plants. Hypothesis: My hypothesis is that nuclear power plants provide both various pros and cons for the U.S. My group will be debating that there are more positives than negatives.

Article 1: 10 Pros and Cons of Nuclear Power
I will discuss the pros of this article. To begin, this article states that nuclear power is an economical, safe and clean form of energy. Unlike fossil fuel plants, which spew tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere each year, nuclear power plants don't produce smoke. Nuclear power is considered carbon-free and produces more electricity than other renewables like solar and wind. Proponents of nuclear power often measure its economic prowess in kilowatts. Nuclear power plants produce more kilowatts than coal, wind or solar for fewer cents. As more plants are built, it's expected that construction costs will come down, making the price of nuclear-generated electricity that much more attractive. Millions of people in poorer countries have limited access to reliable sources of electricity. For starters, developing countries with nuclear power plants wouldn't have to rely on expensive fossil fuels that emit large volumes of carbon dioxide. Second, global interest in investing in nuclear power is high, providing the potential to pump money into emerging economies and create jobs. Nuclear power plants use large volumes of water for heating and cooling. One square mile (2.6 square kilometers) of water 14 feet (4.2 meters) deep goes through a typical two-unit reactor every day. Nuclear plants use preventative measures like stationary screens to prevent adult fish from being sucked into cooling water systems! Article 2: Advantages of Nuclear Power-hopetotheworld.com

This article discusses some of the major main pros of nuclear power, as many have already been listed above. To summarize, many...
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