Is Nuclear Energy Safe? - Part 1

By Levi Anthony - Posted 4/24/2011

The United States faces a serious dilemma. We need lots of energy. We have only 5% of the world’s population yet we consume 25% of the world’s total energy supply. We depend heavily on oil to supply this energy; approximately 40% of our energy needs come from oil. But our dependency on oil is growing at the very moment when the future supply of the resource is uncertain. Besides, the burning of fossil fuels, mainly oil and coal, is a major contributor to global warning.

In light of this, nuclear power seems to be a perfect candidate to help feed our voracious appetite for energy. The big attraction to nuclear power is that it emits no carbon dioxide in the air and thus does not contribute to global warning. Many countries see it as the savior to their energy problems. The United States currently has 104 nuclear power plants in operation and they supply about 20% of the country’s energy needs. France currently gets about 80% of its energy from nuclear power. China is now racing to build new nuclear power plants at an unprecendented rate.

Location of nuclear power plants in the U.S.

 

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