Re: [WAR XI] Debate Section
For people to argue over weather Nuclear Power is bad or good would be a waste of time. The issue should be looked at as the "Now or then" argument. What I mean by that is, Nuclear Power is currently the cheapest source of energy. Costing a mere 1.76 cents/kilowatt-hour, compared to coal which costs 2.21 cents/kilowatt-hour. With a country still reeling from a rescission money is the main issue currently. With the world population increasing at such a rate how can one turn away energy cheap energy...That is the now...
Most nuclear waste stays radioactive for thousands of years. This waste is being stored underground. As the use of nuclear power goes up, so does the amount of nuclear waste. As the population raises,more and more land is being taken up. Do you see where I am going? Nuclear Power works in the now because its cheap and they have places to store it.. Future generation wont be so lucky. As our population swells the amount of waste will start to become hazardous to future generations. Not only will it be effecting our children's children, it will effect the overall damage to planet will be catastrophic.
As far as storage goes, they have suggested shooting in space or burying it inside of mountains. People will also say that they have almost perfected safe storage of nuclear power now, so there is no need for such extreme measures. This may be simi true based in areas that have the money to store it properly but what happens in places that don't have the money.
Two major disasters have happened because of the use of Nuclear Power. The Fukushima disaster in 2011, a scary little fact here. Some parts of our eastern cost were hit with more radiation than some parts of Japan. Than we look at the Chernobyl disaster, a city that will be unlivable for a thousand years.
Last but not least, any country that has nuclear power and the ability to create nuclear weapons.