Nuclear Energy: Pros And Cons Of Nuclear Power

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Name: Tsang Kam Leung (Peter) Course: LANG1002S Nuclear Power The use of nuclear power for energy generation has always been a controversial issue in the society, it is said that nuclear power should be excluded from the energy market as it may lead to devastating effects on the environment, like the nuclear accident in Fukushima. However, nuclear energy is the baseload energy source in the energy market, which is essential since nearly 20% of the world electricity (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development [OECD], 2016,) is generated by nuclear energy. In addition, using nuclear energy can contribute to positive effects in terms of the performance and carbon dioxide emission. Without it, the total energy may not be enough to support the development of society, which may contribute to poor living conditions. Nuclear power can generate large quantities of energy with a considerable price. Uranium is an element being used in nuclear power stations for energy generation. Compared to the energy density of uranium and fossil fuels, the…show more content…
Reducing carbon dioxide emissions has become a worldwide goal to tackle global warming, energy sources with low carbon dioxide production have been taken into account when the governments introduce energy policies. Nuclear energy produces a little amount of carbon dioxide, which is about 0.008 Kg CO2/kWh (OECD, 2008). Even though the average carbon dioxide emission of renewable energy sources, such as solar energy, is comparable to nuclear power, the performance of them is greatly affected by the weather. Nuclear energy, by contrast, is more stable than them as the reaction of uranium occurs in a closed system, which will not be influenced by external environment. On top of all that, nuclear energy has been chosen as a supplement to generate electricity in many

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