The three videos I’m posting here are excellent summaries of the nature of nuclear power, pro and con. I’ve always been pro-nuclear power for the simple reason that it produces the most energy besides fossil fuels, for the least ecological impact. So-called clean energy like solar and wind have massive problems, aside from the wildlife they kill, the cost to make them far exceeds their energy production. In other words, they are largely boondoggles that take tax dollars that could be used for other things and largely wastes it. Better technology will be produced and would be produced sooner if that money had been spent on R and D.
Nuclear. however, has the best safety record in all of energy. The reactors last for a long time. And the most famous accidents mostly occurred in communist countries with poor safety standards and designs. The other big one being in Japan which is geologically unstable. The Fukushima reactor disaster was caused by the double whammy of an earthquake and tsunami. It’s difficult for anything to avoid acts of god.
This first video explains nuclear power in a nutshell.
Now for the con argument. The biggest ones are the few nuclear accidents that which were 30 years apart. And the fact that nuclear waste has to be buried deep in the ground. The second and can be answered with policy. The first with better safety and design. They also bring up the fact that necular power plants can be used to produce fuel used in weapons. What they don’t say is how hard it is to be created. And the fact that advances in design could eliminate that problem. This will be explained in the third part.
A lot of scare tactics are used to suppress nuclear power development. But any environmentalists are coming around to the notion that nuclear power really is a green energy. It ;s the least environmentally toxic when you consider that if properly dealt with, the waste can be safely contained. The French, who are the most nuclear friendly nation per capita (80% of their electricity comes from nuclear power plants) and a large exporter of energy to the rest of Europe, have developed an excellent container for waste disposal that works. The science of processing nuclear waste will continue to advance until there is no issue anymore. So here’s the pro-nuclear argument in a nutshell.
In the final analysis, it’s a better solution in these times to many other sources of energy. As technology advances, it will be eclipsed by things like nuclear fusion and others. But in the meantime, it’s something we know that works andf can take care of our needs. The only thing holding us up is politics and ignorance.