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Nuclear Energy The Earths natural resources are being used up at an extreme rate As these resources lessen people must seek alternative sources to generate electricity for heat and light The only practical solution for the energy is nuclear power Nuclear power however is not as safe as burning coal gas or oil in a factory In fact nuclear power is much more dangerous There are dangers with nuclear power plants that far out-weigh the benefits to society About 20 percent of our nations total electrical consumption per year is supplied by nuclear power from the 100 or so nuclear power plants throughout the country Even though atomic power has been in use for over 50 years it was basically another weapon of destruction Since there was no war the scientists who created the atomic bomb turned this destructive power into huge plants generating clean and cheap electricity for the country But this new resource brought sickness mutations cancer and eventually death to those exposed to high levels of radiation Even the government declared that nuclear powers were safe and efficient The truth is that accidents do happen at nuclear power plants and at other facilities all the time An accident at a nuclear power plant has the potential to be much more harmful than an accident at a coal or gas plant because of the radiation that could be released An example of this is Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania where there was a partial core meltdown in march of 1979 caused large amounts of radiation to be released into the atmosphere Accidents involving US nuclear power plants are very rare This does not mean that they do not occur In the early 1980s there was a fire at Yankee Atomic a nuclear power plant in Massachusetts destroying over 3 million dollars worth of electrical wiring in the reactor It was caused by some workmen who were using matches to find a leak in
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