3rd Year Week 3
Topic: Nuclear power
isn't the answer
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Nuclear power isn't the answer
Recent media attention has been focused almost exclusively on the Bush
administration's stance regarding the military actions in Iraq, but as
educated taxpayers, it is up to us to be well-informed about all of the
issues relevant to the upcoming election. As Bush seeks to grant the U.S.
nuclear industry over $3 billion in energy subsidies, we must question if
nuclear power is really the best means of securing a safe, reliable and
affordable energy future.
Unfortunately, nuclear power is none of the above things. First, the
safety of nuclear power is questionable. The waste products created by
these power plants are extremely dangerous and highly toxic; in fact, no
acceptable disposal method currently exists for the waste products created
by nuclear fission. U.S. Office of Technology Assessment analysis shows
that approximately 90 percent of all cancers are preventable and that by
limiting our exposure to radioactive sources we can reduce our risk of
premature cancer death.
Additionally, as the accidents at Chernobyl (a catastrophe that will
ultimately result in approximately 450,000 premature deaths and cost over
$500 billion) and Three Mile Island demonstrate, nuclear power is not
reliable. This is even more disturbing when we consider that the
government has limited the liability of nuclear industries to
approximately one percent of such a catastrophic disaster. Who would be
left to foot the bill?
Finally, it is not even certain that nuclear power is economically viable.
When all of the taxpayer subsidies are taken into account, nuclear is
actually the most expensive type of power available on the market.
Furthermore, the largest expenses stemming from nuclear power will come in
the future: it is estimated that the decommissioning of a plant actually
costs more than the initial capital investment necessary to construct it.
Despite all of this, the Bush administration continues to rely on an
energy policy based on radioactive nuclear power. It is time for us to
demand more from our tax dollars. It is time for us to look beyond
dangerous nuclear power to a cleaner and safer tomorrow.