Nuclear Power Cons

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With advancements in technology that impact almost every aspect of our lives, one would be remiss if they did not notice how deeply rooted nuclear power has become in our society. Nuclear technology is very diverse and lends to more than just a nation's military might. Several medical advancements have become available to diagnose and treat patients thanks to recent developments in nuclear radiation and medicine. Nuclear power offers a readily available source of energy the heavily impacts our economy as well as the climate. It also goes without saying that nuclear weapons play a major role in our nation's political power. While it does add to our military offense and defense, it is a great deterrent for the United States and our allies'…show more content…
Nuclear power is one of the lowest greenhouse gas emitters for electrical energy which makes it a viable source of energy especially when one considers the rapidly declining state of our climate. In an article at fir.tesu.edu, Richard Lester wrote," Several recent climate policy assessments have concluded that meeting the world's growing appetite for energy while achieving deep reductions in global green-house gas emissions will be impossible without rapid nuclear energy growth" (Lester, 2016). Recent developments in nuclear technology are also providing us with long term and low-cost energy alternatives. Innovative and creative minds have created batteries powered by nuclear waste with exceedingly long life. This technology is being refined for use in every day products as well as for larger scale operations. In smaller products, battery life could extend as long as three decades. Larger versions of these batteries would provide small towns that are far from power plants with energy for as long as 10 years. Developers have yet to refine the technology, but the day that nuclear batteries become a household item is not too far off. These batteries have shown tremendous potential for both commercial and military…show more content…
The United States is not the only nation to realize nuclear power is an ideal tool to be used for political agenda. Recently, the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, made claims of new "invincible" nuclear weapons that could outsmart all American defenses. A written in the New York Times, "Mr. Putin's announcement, in his annual state of the nation address, seemed intended chiefly to stir the patriotic passions of Russians at a moment when he is heading into a re-election campaign" (MacFarQuhar, Sanger, 2018). Clearly this is not a threat to be taken lightly but is an excellent example of using nuclear weapons for political agenda. If President Putin's intent was to be heard by and taken seriously by the world, his intent was clearly
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