Nuclear Power: Good or Evil?
According to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, 9000-33000 innocent people died as a result of the Chernobyl nuclear meltdown in Russia in 1986- the deadliest nuclear accident to date! Since the inception of nuclear energy, a sense of danger has always been inherent due to the extremely radioactive nature of uranium which if emitted, hangs over the land as the fog cloaks the English moors. When the human body is exposed to high levels of radioactivity, deformities can form, and the rate of cancer increases dramatically. Because of the imminent hazard regarding nuclear energy, politicians and scientists alike have debated whether to increase or decrease funding for the research and development of nuclear reactor programs. What is nuclear power? Basically, rods of uranium are treated so that it heats water into steam and this steam turns turbines, which convert the mechanical energy to electricity. By studying sources of the energy, evidence indicates that nuclear energy is dangerous; safer alternatives exist, and the power affects the country in a negative economic manner. Therefore, the author is against the aggrandizement of funds towards nuclear energy programs. Obviously the strongest argument against funding for nuclear energy is the danger that is present in the reactors. As Scientific America reports, 32 % of nuclear power plant workers are subjected to unsafe radioactive conditions and dangers when building the reactors. Then, once the plants are built and in operation, there is a high risk of a meltdown. Contributing to the high risk is human error, as made evident by the Three Mile Island accident in Pennsylvania, which had catastrophic effects. Also, History Channel reports that 57 meltdowns have occurred in the United States since the incident of Chernobyl. In order to be safe, events such as the 2011 meltdown in Fukishima Daiichi in Japan must not...
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