The Bad Consequences of Nuclear Energy

Ishani Mehta

Pros and Cons of Nuclear Energy

This is a pro con chart showing the benefits and risks of nuclear energy.
Less carbon dioxcide released into the air
[[#|High construction]] costs
Can get a lot of power
Unkown risks
Doesn't depend on [[#|fossil fuels]]
Long consrtuction time
Provides [[#|jobs]]
Target for terrorism
Helps countries that have little to no [[#|natural energy]] resources
Uranium is expenxive to mine
Preserves Earth's climate
Getting uranium isn't a clean process
[[#|Lowest]] impact on environment
[[#|Waste]] lasts 200-500 thousand years
Requires a reletivly small area for plant
[[#|Waste]] is leathal to nearby life
If you live next to a plant, it would take 2,000 years to get the same radiation
exposer as a [[#|single]] medical x-ray
2,000 metric tons of [[#|waste]] a year

High costs to contain [[#|waste]]

When [[#|earthquakes]] hit, radioactive steam is let into the air

Same uranium used in nuclear bombs


Nuclear power plants
Nuclear power plants

Did you know that the largest source of clean-air energy in the USA can cause a 250% spike in birth deformities? The human benefit of nuclear energy is not worth the [[#|environmental]], human and economic risk of nuclear [[#|accidents]]. Nuclear energy plants can cause destructive nuclear meltdowns, an abundance of nuclear wastes and it costs too [[#|much money]] to construct and clean up the effects of meltdowns.

Nuclear Meltdowns

Nuclear explosion!
Nuclear explosion!

Nuclear meltdowns have a very disturbing effect on the environment. When explosions in plants occur, radioactive material can be launched into the surrounding areas. The nuclear meltdown that occurred in Chernobyl, Ukraine contaminated millions of acres of forests and launched radioactive material into the water. However, this accident (as well as others) didn’t only affect the environment. It also affected many humans. More than 30,000 people had to evacuate when the plant in Chernobyl exploded. Even though people left, there was still a 250% increase of birth deformities after this. Also, many more people got cancer and other [[#|illnesses]]. Both of these effects were horrible, but in this meltdown, for the first time, 31 people died (not including deformities, cancer and illness). After the incident in Chernobyl, people started to wonder if other [[#|accidents]] that happen because of natural disaster will occur. What will happen when more [[#|earthquakes]] come? What will happen when another tsunami hits? Is nuclear energy safe to use when meltdowns like this happen? No one knows the answers to these questions, but it is clear that nuclear energy is not safe because of the risk of nuclear meltdowns.

Nuclear Waste

Nuclear waste storage
Nuclear waste storage

Nuclear energy creates a lot of dangerous radioactive waste. Unfortunately, this waste doesn’t just disappear. It will keep on [[#|accumulating]] until a way to contain it or reuse it is found. Right now, 2,000 metric tons of waste is being collected every year! There is nowhere to put this dangerous nuclear waste. It takes about 10,000 years for the radiation levels of nuclear waste to be safe and it lasts 200,000 to 500,000 years! If nuclear energy keeps being used, there will be too much nuclear waste on this planet that will last a lifetime of about 5,000 humans.

Nuclear Cost

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Nuclear energy and nuclear [[#|accidents]] cost too much [[#|[[#|[[#|money]]]]]]. Nuclear waste is lethal to life, but it costs a lot to contain. Imagine all of the waste that comes every year (about 2,000 metric tons). Now imagine all of that with a price tag on it! When dangerous nuclear meltdowns occur, the waste and radioactive material that is spread has to be cleaned up. This can cost 13,000,000,000 just [[#|to BEGIN]] [[#|cleaning]]. Nuclear energy can cause so much destruction and they cost a lot to construct. Nuclear energy should not be used because of all the money it costs.

Hopes For The Future

Nuclear power plants in a city
Nuclear power plants in a city

In the future, people should not depend on nuclear energy for their main source of energy. Some nuclear plants should be taken down, but there should still be some plants because it is not safe to depend on one source of energy. Also, the plants should be resistant to [[#|earthquakes]] and tsunamis that way they aren’t destroyed in [[#|natural disasters]]. Furthermore, nuclear waste will be contain and reusable. Lastly, nuclear energy will become safer and more reliable.

Nuclear accident
Nuclear accident

Nuclear energy should not be used. Nuclear energy can result in nuclear meltdowns, make a lot of radioactive waste and it costs way too much. Nuclear accidents outweigh the benefits of nuclear energy. Hopefully the amount of birth defects that happen will reduce once nuclear energy isn’t used.

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