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Nuclear Energy

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Keith Omundson

on 3 April 2013

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NUCLEAR Nuclear Energy The alternative energy source for today "Nuclear energy is expensive" True or False? True or False? "Nuclear plants are not safe" True or False? "Nuclear power stations put out
harmful radiation" "Nuclear power plants are
susceptible to terrorist attack" True or False? FALSE TRUE With proper maintenance and training, nuclear energy can be the safest form of energy in the business. Let's take a look at the US Navy.... The US Navy 300+ vessels, 65+ years, ZERO issues. PRO. Nobody has died of a radiation-related accident in the history of the US Nuclear reactor program. FACT: Quoted: "The average radiation dose rate people get from the common types of radiation is about 360 millirem per year. A nearby nuclear power plant would increase this dosage rate by only 1 millirem." -Department of Nuclear Engineering at The University of California Nuclear energy is one of the cheapest energy sources that exist today. The price of energy from nuclear power plants rivals the inexpensiveness of fossil fuel plants.
Let's have a look at our friends, Le French... 75% of energy from Nuclear... ...CHEAPEST ENERGY IN EUROPE YOLO -Napoleon No terrorist with a bomb strapped to his body would ever be able to penetrate the six foot thick walls of reinforced concrete of the containment building of western nuclear reactors 7 millirem 10 millirem 1 millirem On average, an American receives less than 0.01 millirem a year from nuclear power, equivalent to.... FACT: DANGER: RADIOACTIVE Alternatives Hydroelectric Solar Wind Pros Cons Reliable, inexpensive No direct pollution No direct pollution COST: $1/KWhour without government subsidies.... about $.38 with Comprised of toxic heavy metals. Must be replaced every 20-25 years "Space" pollution: In order to produce 1000 megawatts.... Nuclear: .333 square miles Bio-alcohol: 6,200 sqaure miles Solar: 50 square miles Wind: 200 square miles And that leads into our next topic... Direct and indirect emissions: Estimated that 6-8 million birds die each year in collisions with wind turbines Noise pollution Yeah, they're big. Half a football field in area, big. We must consider the comprehensive costs: Fabrication, transportation, installation, maintenance Chernobyl Three Mile Island -Pripyat, Ukraine (USSR)
-April 1986 "an inherently bad design" -Nuclear Energy Institue (NEI) Built without a containment building Improper design.
Poor maintenance.
Incompetent operation.
Way to go USSR. Would it be in poor taste to compare this to the 5,000 coal mining deaths that occur worldwide every year? "The worst accident in U.S. commercial nuclear power plant history" -Nuclear Regulatory Commission The Future of Nuclear So what is nuclear energy? Nuclear energy is the energy in the nucleus of an atom. There is a huge amount of energy in the bonds that hold the nucleus together, and when those bonds are broken, they release energy. Let's get to the bottom of these myths! Myths Let's call in the big guns.... What doesn't give us radiation these days? But terrorist's time would be much better spent elsewhere... Obviously, there are a lot of options for alternative energies Now, don't get me wrong. The use of any alternative energy is a step in the right direction. My views have changed, and the rest of the environmental movement needs to update its views, too, because nuclear energy may just be the energy source that can save our planet from another possible disaster: catastrophic climate change. Quoted: -Sir Patrick Moore (He's a smart guy) Maxed out Damage to the ecosystem Constant production of CO2 Oh and there are more cons... Nuclear Waste "Wind and solar have their place, but because they are intermittent and unpredictable they simply can't replace big baseload plants such as coal, nuclear, and hydroelectric." -Sir Patrick Moore Technically- Should not be called "waste" 95% of the potential energy is still contained in the used fuel after the first cycle. Radioactive waste- but only 1/1000th as radioactive after forty years as it was on the first day Very small amounts of waste created. To create enough energy for one American for a LIFETIME: Size: Weight: 2 pounds Long term geologic repository at Yucca Mountain: Should we compare that to the ANNUAL solid residues of coal combustion? 890 pounds per American per year.

Over a lifetime: 68.5 tons of solid waste per American Oh yeah, that is heavier than an A1M1 Abrams tank. Studied for four decades All of the 104 nuclear reactors in the US are outdated and inefficient compared to new reactors "The good new is that the big names in nuclear energy -- like Areva, Hitachi, General Electric and Toshiba -- have recently been joined by a bevy of high-tech start-ups seeking to develop advanced nuclear reactor designs for both fission and fusion energy production." Quoted: -Bob Metcalfe, Wall Street Journal "Nuclear energy is the only large-scale, cost-effective energy source that can reduce the United State's fossil fuel emissions while continuing to satisfy a growing demand for power." Quoted: -Gweneth Cravens, Author of Power to Save the World: The Truth About Nuclear Energy The sun is essentially one massive nuclear reactor via nuclear fusion Quoted: Deaths? Zero. Do I have time for Q+A?

Resources:

Gweneth Cravens, "Power to Save the World: The Truth About Nuclear Energy"

Patrick Moore, "Going Nuclear"

and so many more....
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