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Using Nuclear Power As a Reliable Energy Source
Transcript of Using Nuclear Power As a Reliable Energy Source
Using Nuclear Power As a Reliable Energy Source
How France is involved:
France is one country that is very positively affected by nuclear power. They are known as the leading nation for this energy source, because 75% of their energy comes from nuclear power. France also exports a very large amount of energy to other countries, which allows the country to game €3.3 billion per year, due to nuclear energy's inexpensive costs to produce (World Nuclear Association).
Japan and the Fukushima incident
Japan is negatively involved with nuclear power due to the meltdown of three nuclear reactors. A massive tsunami hit the nuclear plant, causing the facility to flood. This incident played a large role in renewing the fears that skeptics had regarding nuclear power.
These situations in our comic:
In our story, France is represented by an inventor named Francis, who is attempting to sell his new invention, a robotic prosthetic hand, which represents nuclear energy. Similar to this energy, the hands have many benefits, but Francis has difficulty selling the hands to people, due to fear about potential breakdowns. A fisherman once accidentally got water on it while fishing, causing the device to malfunction. This represents the Fukushima incident.
How the community is benefited:
About 20% of the United States' energy is currently produced by nuclear power plants. On a more local level, North Carolina utilizes nuclear energy for approximately 32% of its energy production, across three different power plants (CASEnergy).
Risks vs. Benefits:
The nuclear event in Japan shows how communities can be negatively touched by nuclear power, but the many benefits of this energy resource outweigh the relatively small risk of an event like that occurring again. By taking more precautions in nuclear facilities and learning from the meltdowns in Fukushima, the anticipated danger of nuclear reactors can be averted.
The nuclear energy issue:
France is seeking to export nuclear reactors, which are very advanced sources of energy. However, potential buying countries are very cautious of obtaining these reactors, due to the failure of a reactor in Japan.
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However, it has now been shown that other factors may have contributed to the failure of the Fukushima power plant. Design flaws, as well as a lack of preventative measures, are viewed as factors that contributed to the power plant's instability (Tisdall).
In the environmental aspect, nuclear energy is more environmentally friendly than fossil fuels. It does not release greenhouse gases such as CO2, SO2, or NO2 into the atmosphere, leading to cleaner air and less ozone depletion (Ehresman).
Also, nuclear energy is far more efficient than fossil fuels. One uranium pellet contains the same amount of energy as 17,000 cubic feet of natural gas, 1,780 pounds of coal, or 179 gallons of oil. This shows how many resources a transition to nuclear energy can save (Ehresman).
How this issue can be solved on a community level:
Sharing knowledge about nuclear power is the best way to give people a new perspective on this energy alternative and increase its usage. Information about not only the many benefits of nuclear power, but also the ways that the dangers can be prevented, can help to sway the opinions of those who are skeptical about nuclear technology. The usage of nuclear power can prove to be very beneficial to people in the future, and the sharing of its benefits can allow people to realize this.
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