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The possibility of terrorist attacks are a very real threat when it comes to nuclear power plants, and Uranium or radioactive waste in the wrong hands can have devastating effects for the entire globe and every person on it. The radioactive waste which is created during the power generation process involving nuclear power can be used to produce nuclear weapons. The knowledge that is involved in the nuclear power process to design nuclear power plants can be used to design nuclear weapons and build them as well, and this is known as nuclear proliferation. Uranium is the energy source used to generate nuclear power, and this resource is scarce on earth, with a thirty to sixty year supply left at best but this will depend in a large part on the level of demand for this material.
What are the benefits and disadvantages of nuclear power? Nuclear power is very controversial, with many environmentalists against this energy source, while others are for it. This source of power has many advantages and disadvantages, and understanding these can help anyone make an informed decision concerning nuclear power. Many politicians believe that nuclear power is the answer to global warming, but they conveniently forget the disadvantages and risks that this power source can represent.
When it comes to nuclear power, the disadvantages far outweigh the advantages. One of the biggest drawbacks of nuclear power is the resulting radioactive waste that is created during the energy generation. The standards for the EPA mandate that the radioactive waste from nuclear power plants must be carefully monitored and stored for the next ten thousand years, which means for many generations to come. Radioactive waste is extremely dangerous and highly toxic, which is a very poor legacy to leave future generations. Nuclear power poses risks of problems and accidents that can result in radiation escaping and posing a serious threat to surrounding populations. Events like Chernobyl have proven just how deadly radiation exposure can be, not just for this generation but for generations to come. Deformed and mutated babies being born, cancers that are normally rare occurring frequently because of radioactive changes in the DNA and cell structures in the body, radiation sickness and poisoning, and much more can be the result of an accident at a nuclear power plant. The risks to humans and the earth are just too high, and the more nuclear power plants there are in operation, the higher the risks that an accident will happen. No Nuclear power plant can be secured one hundred percent.
Nuclear power plants can take decades to go from an idea to an actual nuclear power plant that is ready for operation. The usual length of time involved in the process can take from twenty to thirty years, and we can not afford to wait that long to stop global warming and switch from fossil fuels to alternative energy sources. Nuclear power is not renewable nor is it sustainable, and the risks that this energy source poses to humans and the environment can have an effect on many future generations that will come after us.
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