What Are The Pros And Cons Of Nuclear Power

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The use for nuclear power has always been a big debate. Thousands of articles that tackles about the different pros and cons of nuclear power plants can be found on the internet. Nuclear power was considered as a solution to the 1973 oil crisis, in which the Philippines was greatly affected. The Bataan Nuclear Power Plant was built in the early 1980s but never went into operation because of the strong opposition from Bataan residents and Philippine citizens. The Fukushima nuclear disaster gave pause to efforts to revive the plant (Ruwitch, 2012). Despite the dangers of the operation of nuclear power plants might bring, I still firmly believe that nuclear power plants should be used in the Philippines. Nuclear reactors are essentially high-tech kettles that efficiently boil water to produce electricity. They rely on harnessing nuclear fission, the splitting of an atom into two smaller atoms, which yields heat and send neutrons flying. This makes the atom unstable, causing a chain reaction that releases heat to boil the water and produce more energy (Matson, 2011). My first argument is that nuclear power is a safe source of energy. As of March 11, 2014, there are 435 nuclear power plant, in 31 countries, are currently in operation and 72 plants in 15 countries are under…show more content…
Because of this our cost for electricity in the Philippines is said to be second highest in Asia (Pascual, 2013). Different regions in Luzon are also currently experiencing rotational brownout due to the lack of energy the Philippines’ fossil fuel plants produced. Because of this, a solution must be made to resolve this problem. The Philippines must find a sufficient, steady and reasonably priced electricity on site. A solution to this problem is to reopen the Philippines’ only nuclear plant in Bataan. According to an article issued by NaPoCor (National Power Corporation) Bataan Nuclear Power Plant

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