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Gale Opposing Viewpoints In Context - Document - 5 views

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    ""Environmentalist Monbiot Supports Nuclear Power." All Things Considered 29 Mar. 2011. Gale Opposing Viewpoints In Context. Web. 17 May 2012."

    "Environmentalist Monbiot Supports Nuclear Power." All Things Considered 29 Mar. 2011. Gale Opposing Viewpoints In Context. Web. 17 May 2012.
ruthlarsonbender

Gale Opposing Viewpoints In Context - Document - 1 views

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    "Nuclear Energy Institute. "Nuclear Power Will Reduce Air Pollution." Pollution. Ed. Louise I. Gerdes. Detroit: Greenhaven Press, 2011. Opposing Viewpoints. Rpt. from "Nuclear Energy Plays Essential Role in Climate Change Initiatives." 2010. Gale Opposing Viewpoints In Context. Web. 17 May 2012."

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    Nuclear Energy Institute. "Nuclear Power Will Reduce Air Pollution." Pollution. Ed. Louise I. Gerdes. Detroit: Greenhaven Press, 2011. Opposing Viewpoints. Rpt. from "Nuclear Energy Plays Essential Role in Climate Change Initiatives." 2010. Gale Opposing Viewpoints In Context. Web. 17 May 2012.
rianak

How Nuclear Power Slowdown Will Affect the Climate - TIME - 10 views

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      - Japan celebrates nuclear shutdown
      - Germany replacing nuclear power with renewables (wind and solar) by 2022
      - Shutting down nuclear power cause bad news for climate and shortages
      - Germany already built renewable energy sector, prepared for future without atoms
      - Meltdowns help advance in use of technology
  • nuclear power provided just 13% of the world's electricity,
  • One by one, Japan's nuclear reactors were shut down, ostensibly to toughen safety standards, but just as much to reassure a skittish public that no longer trusted nuclear power.
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  • Germany responded to the meltdown by announcing plans to phase out nuclear power by 2022
  • by renewables like wind and solar
  • replaced
  • Without nuclear power, Japan is projected to produce an additional 180 million to 210 million tons of carbon emissions this fiscal year compared with 1990, wiping out much of the improvements the country made over the past few years as it worked to meet its carbon-cutting commitments under the Kyoto Protocol.
  • celebrate the shutdown of the last reactor
  • Fukushima emergency workers spared dangerous exposure to radiation
  • remains the only carbon-free, base-load source of electricity, producing far more clean power than wind and solar.
  • country could face serious energy shortages this summer without nuclear power
  • bad news for the climate
  • . Germany has already built up a world-leading renewable energy sector, so that country is better prepared for a future without atoms.
  • building new coal plants
  • to replace that carbon-free atomic power.
  • The Fukushima meltdown forced the exodus of more than 100,000 people from their homes, overshadowed even the tsunami that had caused it and had killed more than 20,000 people, and spurred fears that Tokyo itself would need to be evacuated.
Masataku Okamura

Gale Opposing Viewpoints In Context - Nuclear Power Is Efficient and Safe for the Envir... - 5 views

  • Because nuclear power plants do not burn fuel, they emit no combustion byproducts—like air pollutants and carbon dioxide—into the atmosphere.
  • By substituting for fossil fuels in electricity generation, U.S. nuclear power plants currently avoid almost two million tons of NOx emissions annually.... Between 1973 and 1999, nuclear energy avoided emission of 31.6 million tons of NOx....
  • By substituting for fossil fuels, U.S. nuclear plants reduced total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by 168 million metric tons of carbon equivalent in 1999. Without nuclear energy, U.S. electric utility emissions of carbon equivalents would have been approximately 30 percent higher.
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  • Generating one million kilowatt-hours of electricity produces about 150 metric tons of carbon from a natural gas-fired plant, 265 metric tons from a coal-fired plant and 220 metric tons of carbon from an oil-fired plant—but no carbon from a nuclear power plant.
  • nuclear energy reduced total U.S. CO2 emissions by 2.61 billion metric tons of carbon between 1973 and 1999
  • Approximately 430 nuclear power plants in 31 nations produce 17 percent of the world's electricity—while reducing CO2 emissions by some 500 million metric tons of carbon....
  • To make sure that nuclear power plants operate well within those standards, radiation levels at every plant are monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Even soil, cows' milk from neighboring farms, and fish and sediment in nearby rivers and lakes are monitored periodically.
  • Cooling water discharged from a plant contains no harmful pollutants, but still must meet federal Clean Water Act requirements and state standards designed to protect water quality and aquatic life.
  • Because the area around a nuclear power plant is so clean, the areas around cooling ponds are often developed as environmentally rich wetlands, providing better nesting areas for waterfowl and other birds, new habitats for fish, and preservation of other wildlife, flowers and grasses.
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    The environmental benefits of nuclear energy.

    Possibly a biased article (Written by the Nuclear Energy Institute)
rianak

Nuclear technology is mature and safe - Our energy - 9 views

  • Each year up to 50,000 Americans die from respiratory diseases due to the burning of coal, and 300 are directly killed in mining and transportation accidents.
  • Small accident rate is because there are number of various active and passive safety measures that must be implemented in nuclear power plants, leaving virtually no space for large scale disaster like Chernobyl.
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    Nuclear technology is safe
Masataku Okamura

Nuclear energy - Our energy - 4 views

  • In the last three decades nuclear energy has significant part in electrical energy production. Momentarily with the help of the nuclear energy, 16% of total world's electrical energy production is generated.
  • Since nuclear power plants are not producing the carbon dioxide, its use isn't increasing greenhouse effect.
  • Real problem concerning the nuclear power plants is remain of the used fuel which is high-radioactive waste and must be stored in special pools (water freezes nuclear fuels acting as radiation shield) or in dry containers. Older, less radioactive fuel is stored in dry warehouses where is sealed in special containers made of a ferro concrete.
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  • Country that has the largest share of its electrical energy manufactured in nuclear power plants is France with 75%. Lithuania follows with 73%, and then Belgium with 58%, Bulgaria, Slovakia and Sweden with 47%, Ukraine with 44%, and Republic of Korea with 43%. Ten countries more have more than 25% of its total electrical energy produced in nuclear power plants. US is producing 19.8% of its electrical energy in nuclear power plants, but because of the high production range they are having the biggest share in the total electrical energy produced in nuclear power plants with 28%. France is second with 18%, and Japan third with 12%.
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    Basic information about nuclear energy with few specific figures: environmental influence, the percentage of electricity generated by nuclear power plant, etc.
Kazu Chen

Nuclear Power is the Problem, Not a Solution - 3 views

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    Problems of Nuclear Power Plants
Taichi Nishiwaki

Gale Opposing Viewpoints In Context - Document - 6 views

  • deepest fears lay in something even more terrifying than a purported trans-Pacific cloud of radiation--namely, higher taxes
  • . One sensed that this was the best they could do by way of improvisation while their research team scrounged for a way to blame "Obamacare" for the disaster.
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      media being used for political purposes, and instilling fear into the people
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  • hey are tiny contributors to our overall energy needs
  • investment in renewables jumped by more than 50 percent in 2009--few experts believe that their use can be ramped up to replace nuclear in the next few decades
  • One negative impact would come from filling the energy gap with more coal-fired plants
  • ndeed. Burning coal carries well-known risks: acid rain, particulate pollution, and greenhouse gas emissions, to name the main ones.
  • undoubted effects of coal-fired plants certainly contribute to what may prove to be the greatest environmental catastrophe in human history.
  • et, astonishingly, the United States has no plan for disposing its spent fuel.
  • On CNN, anchors pleaded, cajoled, and in the case of commentator Nancy Grace, bullied guests to pump up the fear factor.
rianak

Debate: Does the world need nuclear energy? - YouTube - 2 views

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    TED debate on whether or not we need nuclear energy
Max Linder

Benefits of Nuclear Energy - 3 views

  • Just one uranium fuel pellet – roughly the size of the tip of an adult’s little finger – contains the same amount of energy as 17,000 cubic feet of natural gas, 1,780 pounds of coal or 149 gallons of oil.
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    Some benefits of Nuclear Energy
Max Linder

Pros and cons of nuclear power - 5 views

  • Pros and cons of nuclear power
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    Pros and Cons of using Nuclear Energy
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    Mostly Cons
Eric Rogan

Nuclear power | Environment | The Guardian - 3 views

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    Environmental Aspects of Nuclear Power/Many Articles/Current Events
Alan Malamud

Video - Breaking News Videos from CNN.com - 1 views

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    Description of Japan's change in energy policies.
Eric Rogan

Nuclear Power Economics | Nuclear Energy Costs - 7 views

  •  Nuclear power is cost competitive with other forms of electricity generation, except where there is direct access to low-cost fossil fuels. 
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    good stuf
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    The efficiency of nuclear power
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    Economics of Nuclear Power/Very Scientific, Many Facts & Numbers
Kazu Chen

Short-Term and Long-Term Health Risks of Nuclear-Power-Plant Accidents - NEJM - 0 views

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    Long and short term risks of nuclear meltdowns
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    Thank you for the information kaz
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