Nuclear energy emits almost no carbon dioxide. So why aren’t we using more of it? Ever heard of Fukushima? There are apparent dangers to having nuclear power plants only twenty miles from family neighborhoods, but the environmental benefits could outweigh the cons. Let’s look at the facts. You choose.
Electricity use in US:
Total Energy Production in US:
Fossil Fuels: more than 80%
Nuclear: 1 uranium pellet =
Fossil Fuels: 1 ton of coal
Nuclear Energy leaders:
#1. France: 77% of energy production
#17. United States with 19% energy production
Tons of CO2 Produced:
Nuclear: 250,000 during its lifetime
Fossil Fuels: 2 billion tons annually
Race against time:
Nuclear: produces 20-30 tons of radioactive waste annually. We only have enough space to do this for another 60 years.
Fossil Fuels: we only have about 40 years left of supplies
Now here’s a test. Where is the most fatally located power plant in the United States? The ones by the Californian fault lines, right?
Just 35 miles from New York City, Indian Point Energy Center has the ability to cause the most devastation if anything were to happen to it.
According to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the odds that a nuclear power plant is damaged by earthquakes is 10x more likey than winning the multi-state Powerball lottery.
Think about it though, those chances are still pretty small…
…Small enough to take the risk?
Join the conversation. #thinkfwd