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6.06 - Nuclear Power
Transcript of 6.06 - Nuclear Power
Has wide support, mostly from the government.
The cost is high.
There is always the risk of catastrophe.
The nuclear waste takes a long time to break down and decompose.
There is a lot of mining involved. Do the Benefits Outweigh the Risks? Some may argue that the benefits do outweigh the risks and that if we're immensely careful, we can 'make it work.'
I however, disagree, with that. This process has the potential energy to incinerate a small town and give the rest of the population life-threatening disease. I would say the risks outweigh the benefits. Good or Bad? Nuclear power can be very convenient and can keep use from using all of our natural resources when we don't need to. Because it produces no pollution, it can be a great source to protect the environment.
But it can also be very dangerous... If the nuclear fission and fusion is not controlled properly, the nuclear power plant could explode, killing people right away and giving them diseases, such as cancer, that will be the end of them later. If the waste is not disposed of properly, it can soak into the soil and kill plants and animals that eat the plants, once into the water it can spread death even farther. Chernobyl Incident We don't need things like the Chernobyl accident happen again. NO! I agree with many of the protesters around the world, nuclear power is dangerous and shouldn't be accepted just because the government cares about money more than our well-being. Costs? Nuclear Power Information 6.06 - Nuclear Power Costs of Different Materials By: Rylie Huber 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 18.0
2.0 Cents per Kilowatt-Hour Oil Gas Coal Nuclear "The pro and con arguments over the cost and the economics of nuclear power are difficult to untangle. Ask 20 different experts and you will get 20 different answers.
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." 
When new power plants are made, it creates new jobs, which the economy is desperately pushing for right now. If it costs 7 billion dollars a year to build one nuclear reactor, which takes 12 + years to build. (but almost every power plant has more than one), That would cost... About 84 billion dollars! Chernobyl Accident Three Mile Island Accident SL-1 Accident Major Nuclear Accidents Fukushima Daiichi Accident Works Cited  Burgess, Joanna. "Curiosity." Discovery Channel. Discovery, n.d. Web. 09 Apr. 2013. <http://dsc.discovery.com/tv-shows/curiosity/topics/10-pros-cons-nuclear-power.htm>.