Terrorism and atomic weapons are both also very real risks any time nuclear energy is created. Terrorists who gain access to even one nuclear power plant can hold the entire world hostage, with the threat of a nuclear disaster. Every time a new nuclear power plant is built, it becomes one more location for terrorists to try and attack or control. Theft of nuclear material, including spent fuel rods and other materials that are considered radioactive waste, can allow anyone to make a dirty bomb, which is radioactive and extremely dangerous.
Nuclear power plants invite the question of whether or not we can live without them, but the real question should be whether we can live with nuclear energy. Nuclear power generation poses a number of dangers, not just to the earth but to the entire human population that resides on the earth as well. Nuclear power plants are extremely dangerous, for many different reasons, and nuclear power generation is not an answer to replacing fossil fuels. Nuclear energy does not help with climate change caused by fossil fuel use, nuclear power generation releases radioactive materials into the atmosphere, and these power plants are a target for terrorists and others intent on destruction. In addition, nuclear power plants pose enormous safety risks to the entire world. Chernobyl and Three Mile Island stand as examples of the extreme destructiveness that happens when nuclear power generation goes bad. Nuclear power plants costs enormous sums of money to develop and build, and nuclear power generation results in large amounts of radioactive waste, much of which will be deadly for hundreds and thousands of years. The production of atomic bombs and weapons is also a concern when nuclear energy is involved.
Nuclear power plants pose too many risks, and there is no safe way to create nuclear power. Nuclear energy does not help solve the problem of climate change, and nuclear energy can actually make the problem worse. Not only does nuclear power contribute to pollution by releasing radioactive materials in the air, this also takes funding away from safer renewable sources of energy. Even one meltdown could affect the entire country, possibly the world, and this is a risk that is too large to overlook. Radiation can affect humans for generations, as the atomic bombs used against Japan have shown. Using nuclear power plants places the entire planet at risk, for generations in the future.
Because radiation can not be seen, smelled, or detected without special equipment, nuclear power plants pose a very high risk to all communities, both local and global. Nuclear energy generation could end up being the cause of the destruction of the entire planet, and every living creature on it. Instead of focusing on nuclear energy, we need to spend our resources on alternative renewable energy sources like biomass energy, solar power, and wind energy instead.
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