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Nuclear Power vs Coal Power Today we are living in a world that is becoming increasingly more environmentally conscious yet consuming more energy than ever Having such high-energy demands creates many environmental issues such as pollution land exploitation and the consumption of finite resources In order to begin a true conservationalist society solutions must be found that satisfy our growing energy needs and reduce our impact on the environment Right now we have many sources of energy of which nuclear and coal are the predominant energy sources of today Since these are the major energy sources a logical step in the solution process is discovering the pros and cons of each source Coal energy is very inexpensive and easy to recover and accounts for approximately 40 of electric energy produced worldwide down from 74 in 1937 In order to derive energy coal must first be mined then transported to another location where the coal will be burned which results in the release of toxic pollutants into the atmosphere Coal energy is a significant contributor to both global warming and acid rain because of its high carbon and sulfur content There also exist the harmful effects of both mining for the coal and of transporting the bulky product There are several ways to mine for coal the most significant of which are strip mining and underground mining Strip mining as the name implies requires massive amounts of soil be removed in order to expose the coal Such actions leave enormous scars on the earth and require years for reclamation to occur The eyesores created by mining underground are not as large however the perils of underground mining have claimed hundreds if not thousands of miners lives in both accidents and diseases brought on by the extreme exposure to coal products Then comes the extremely expensive task of transporting the coal from the mining sites to locations all around the world Because of the bulky
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