What are the advantages and disadvantages of nuclear reactions?

1 Answer
Mar 15, 2018

Nuclear power plants do not produce air pollution or use limited fossil fuel reserves and are less expensive. The problem is the nuclear waste.


Limiting the answer to nuclear power plants

  1. Nuclear power plants do not produce air pollution.
    Coal or oil fired plants produce Carbon Dioxide, ( climate change) Sulfur Oxides (Acid Rain) and particle immersions. ( asthma)

  2. Nuclear power plants do not use up precious oil and coal reserves, or food produces for fuel.
    gasohol,removes corn from food production to energy production.
    oil removes petroleum from plastic production to energy production

  3. Nuclear power plants are less expensive to operate than traditional power plants using other energy sources. ( Hydroelectric is cheaper but places to build dams are limited)

  4. Nuclear power is a somewhat unlimited energy source. Uranium 238 is changed in a nuclear power plant into Plutonium 238, Plutonium 238 can be used in turn to power new power plants.

A. The nuclear waste produced by power plants is a very dangerous substance. Uranium 238 has a half life of 4.5 billion years. The waste will remain dangerous for as long as it thought the earth has existed. No adequate solutions have been found for the safe storage of the nuclear waste produced by nuclear power plants.

B. The Plutonium 238 is a source not only for power but for atomic bombs. Uranium 235 was used to make the first atomic bomb. Uranium 235 is a rare substance. Plutonium 238 was used to make the second atomic bomb, it was produced from the "waste" in making the Uranium 235 bomb. Nuclear power plants contribute greatly to nuclear proliferation and possibly a nuclear war.