There is no perfect energy source. Every energy source has its own advantages and disadvantages. According to the Nuclear Energy Institute, the power produced by the world's nuclear plants would normally produce 2 billion metric tons of CO2 per year if they depended on fossil fuels. In fact, a properly functioning nuclear power plant actually releases less radioactivity into the atmosphere than a coal-fired power plant. And then there are the negatives.

Historically, mining and purifying uranium hasn't been a very clean process. Even transporting nuclear fuel to and from plants poses a contamination risk. And once the fuel is spent, you can't just throw it in the city dump. It's still radioactive and potentially deadly.

Nuclear energy pros:

The advantages of nuclear energy comes under these three categories,

  • Little pollution

  • Reliability

  • Safety (pro & con )

Some of the important points regarding the pros of nuclear energy are listed below,

 

 

Nuclear energy pros:

Some of the important points regarding the pros of nuclear energy are listed below,

  • The CO2 content released by the nuclear energy generator is very less.

  • The operating cost of nuclear power plant is very low.

  • The industrial and commercial needs can be met because of the large energy generating capacity of the nuclear power plant.

  • Existing and future nuclear waste can be reduced through waste recycling and reprocessing.

  • It is possible to generate a high amount of electrical energy in one single nuclear power plant.

 

Nuclear energy cons

The disadvantages of nuclear energy comes under these three categories,

  • Meltdowns

  • Radiation

  • Safety (pro & con )

  • Waste disposal

 

Nuclear energy cons

Some of the important points regarding the cons of nuclear energy are listed below,

  • Construction cost of nuclear power plants is high.

  • Time needed for the construction of nuclear plants is very long.

  • Nuclear energy plays a main role in helping terrorism.

  • Nuclear is a centralized power source requiring large infrastructure, investment, and coordination.

  • Uranium sources are just as finite as other fuel sources.

 

Nuclear energy cons

  • Nuclear waste lasts for lasts 200 – 500 thousand years.

  • Shipping nuclear waste internationally poses an increased potential threat to interception to terrorism.

  • Nuclear plants are too expensive. They cost at least $6 billion each.

  • There is currently no acceptable solution for disposal of radioactive waste.

  • Nuclear weapons created from nuclear power plants are very dangerous.

 

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