Viability of Nuclear Energy

While there are a lot of pros to the potential of switching to nuclear energy, there are also a lot of logistical nightmares that need to be addressed. According to the article, The Nuclear Option by Upholt Boyce, there are a lot of people who still believe that nuclear energy is not the way to go in regards to the future. Anti-Nuclear beliefs stem from the horrific tragedies of Fukushima, Chernobyl, and the long island incidents that caused thousands of casualties and tens of thousands of extreme injuries. Each of these incidents represents a time where nuclear energy was handled incorrectly and as a result, was released into the air which is extremely dangerous for humans and wildlife alike. Once in the air, the land that was exposed to radiation is usually not completely safe to inhabit for several days.

In addition to the instability of nuclear energy, the viability of a complete switch to nuclear energy is not good due to a lack of nuclear power plants across the nation. Furthermore, in the upcoming years, some of the existing plants will shut down leaving fewer sources for nuclear energy. In addition to the lack of these power plants, technology is not advanced enough to collect other forms of renewable energy year-round which would be vital in supplementing the large-scale use of nuclear power. Lastly, while nuclear energy is claimed to be good for the environment, the waste from the mining of uranium is often mishandled when it is disposed of which is not good for the environment.

In conclusion, Nuclear energy has a lot of upsides, but there are also some big logistical issues that need to be addressed. The last point that this article made was that the upside of the use of nuclear energy is tremendous. This leads me to believe that while there are logistical issues, they can be dealt with and ultimately eliminated.