Why can't we decide what to do about nuclear energy?

The article I shared mainly describes energy developments and concerns about nuclear energy. Many developed countries have the lowest possible nuclear efficiency in terms of the utilization of nuclear power because it takes a lot of manpower and time to build a perfectly safe nuclear power plant. This involves the safety of materials used to construct nuclear power facilities and the construction itself Second, the public fear of nuclear facilities, coupled with the leak of nuclear power plants in recent years, most of the government is in the pressure of security and public opinion to reduce the use of this “sustainable energy” more than conventional thermal power generation Environmental approach.

However, developing countries did not think so. The Chinese government is still vigorously developing safer nuclear power plants, and they want to increase the utilization of nuclear energy by a few percentage points. But can nuclear really bring new green pollution-free high-efficiency energy to mankind? In my opinion, compared with traditional thermal power generation, the utilization of nuclear energy is higher than the low utilization of thermal power. However, the security of nuclear energy cannot be guaranteed under the rich and varied natural conditions. And so far none of the countries that deal with nuclear waste has a good handling policy. At the end of the day, the power generated by nuclear power stations has been unable to meet the huge demand of today's society. Its output is not enough to offset the cost of manpower and material resources it builds.

I think that nowadays, our society still needs to develop other new and more low-cost energy to replace thermal power generation. As a new energy source that is not perfect now, nuclear energy may be able to reappear in the public view after better science and technology support in the future.

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Author, Mary. B (2018). Why can’t we decide what to do about nuclear energy? POPULAR SCIENCE. Retrieved from

https://www.popsci.com/what-to-do-about-nuclear-energy#page-3

 

 

 

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Dong, G. (2018). Why can't we decide what to do about nuclear energy?. Retrieved from http://www.bluecommunity.info/view/article/5a70afc00cf26bc6ab8f345a

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Yujie Gao wrote: 01-31-2018 02:34:45

In general, nuclear power is an efficient, clean and stable energy source. For solving the global power shortage in the low carbon era, what we need to do is how to use nuclear energy more scientifically, safely and effectively.

Cassie McCabe wrote: 01-31-2018 00:19:45

This is a great article that outlines the history, the current situations in different countries as well as the pros and (mainly) cons of nuclear energy. What I found particularly interesting was: "It’s not just the U.S. industry. A number of other nations are dimming the lights on their nuclear plants. Germany, where eight reactors supply 13 percent of the country’s power, has vowed to shut them all by 2022. Switzerland pledged to phase out its five reactors, which provide 40 percent of its energy. And France, which gets 75 percent of its energy from nuclear, vowed to slash consumption to 50 percent by 2025, only to back off that promise in November, worried that a shift from carbon-zero nuclear would prevent it from meeting its climate-change goals and lead to an electricity shortfall." And yet a handful of other nations are ­accelerating toward a nuclear future. China, in trying to reduce its expanding reliance on coal, is aggressively pushing for more alternative fuels, with plans to increase its nuclear capacity to as much as 150 gigawatts by 2030, up from about 38 gigawatts in 2017. It is adding 20 new reactors to its current fleet of 37. Russia is building seven, India six, and South Korea three." I'm shocked that Switzerland and France rely so heavily on nuclear power, and how they both hope to drastically cut their reliance in such a short time frame. It's disappointing that France had to back out of their goal, due to fearing not being able to meet their climate change goals. It's also interesting how China, Russia and India are looking to expand their nuclear power. These are three large, highly populated countries with growing industrial power. For them, nuclear appears to be a better alternative to coal. Although I think on paper nuclear power seems to solve certain problems, providing stable, "clean" energy, I can't see the justification in maintaining and even more so, increasing nuclear power plants. With developments in solar, wind, and biofuel, nuclear power is no longer the solution to fossil fuels.