What are some advantages that nuclear power has over green energy?

Question by Gunscar: What are some advantages that nuclear power has over green energy?
Its for a debate in school and I didn’t even want to do this topic. I was for green energy but the teacher is dumb. I’d like all the help I can get. Thanks ^_^

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Answer by PhXsUnS07
Well… the nuclear energy is much more powerful than any natural energy is… and the nuclear energy helped us win World War II. Not sure if a solar powered bomb would have been much help.

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3 Responses to “What are some advantages that nuclear power has over green energy?”

  1. Debating topics you know nothing about is sometimes the most fun, as you learn the most that way! Even better is arguing a side you disagree with. Anyway, onto my answer…

    Nuclear power has the main advantage of being available at any time, and does not depend on the wind blowing or the sun shining. There is also a huge amount of energy density in uranium (or plutonium for the high-end reactors). Of course, the downside is nuclear waste. Most modern reactors are extremely safe (especially CANDU reactors…they’re designed so that they cannot possibly melt down).

    Green energy is great because it produces no waste (at the power-generation step, anyway) such as radioactive material like nuclear, CO2 like coal & natural gas, and does not destroy fertile land and ecosystems like hydroelectric dams. But a huge amount of energy has to be put into manufacturing solar panels, and they take up a lot of space unless placed on existing structures (houses, buildings, etc.). Wind turbines cost a lot to make, and the manufacturing also produces a lot of waste. Many people complain of the looks of the turbines, and they are known to kill a LOT of birds. People have even complained of mysterious sicknesses when they live near wind farms (as collections of turbines are called).

    Please note that nuclear power does not emit greenhouse gases in the power generation step (called point-source emission), but the mining, refining and (if needed) enriching processes are energy-intensive. Although (and I just walked down the hall and confirmed with an expert in this field) the total greenhouse gas emissions from the entire life cycle of nuclear power is lower than any other form of power, “green energy” included. From a global warming perspective, nuclear is the best energy source!

    You may have noticed I didn’t just give the advantages…that was my attempt at a slightly-biased balanced answer. Take what you will from it, but I thought some of the extra information would prepare you for some counter-points :o)

  2. 1. It’s reliable, working 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
    2. It doesn’t waste a bunch of land.
    3. It can be located pretty much anywhere (instead of where it’s windiest, sunniest, or whatever).
    4. The cooling towers look cool.

  3. I believe Nuclear is green energy.
    PROS
    !. Fission is the most energy for the least fuel with current technology.
    2. Less fuel means less waste, and the waste is all accounted for, not released into the atmosphere to become someone else’s problem.
    3. Uranium is readily available, very common in the earth’s crust (about the same as tin)
    4. Economical – operating cost about the same as coal, fuel cost is a much smaller percentage of the total, therefore less susceptible to price fluctuations.
    5. Reliable – Nuclear power plants have very high capacity factors.
    6. No combustion, no Co, CO2 or SO2 released.
    7. Creates skilled high paying jobs.
    8. Reduce dependence on foreign oil/ fuel. Uranium available domestically and in oceans.
    9. High temperature reactors could produce Hydrogen as well as electricity.
    10. Fantastic safety record.

    CONS
    1. Irrational fear of all things nuclear.
    2. High cost to build and license, large initial investment for long term pay back.
    3. Publicly accepted high level storage facility not domestically available.
    4. Reprocessing facility not domestically available.
    4. High cost of personnel.
    5. Security concerns,
    Nuclear power, I believe is the best, safest, most reliable, current technology to provide energy. The plants operating now are safe and the new designs are even safer.
    Building 100’s of new nuclear power plants would improve the economy, reduce or eliminate dependence on foreign oil, create jobs, reduce pollution, and provide for future technological advancement.
    I have been working with nuclear power for about 30 years, I would be glad to have a Nuclear power plant or high level waste disposal facility in my backyard. My family and I live in a home within 10 miles of a nuclear power plant. (where I work) I have a great understanding of the risks involved and am completely comfortable with a plant “in my backyard”.
    Using Chernobyl as a reason not to build is like saying because of the Hindenburg I will never fly in a commercial airliner.
    Nuclear power has the smallest environmental impact of any current energy production method per unit of energy produced. One fuel pellet about the size of a pencil eraser produces the same energy as about 1 ton of coal, and if reprocessed 2/3 of what’s left can be reclaimed. Nuclear power is our best option for reliable, environmentally friendly, base-load electrical power.

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