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In our society nuclear energy has become one of the most criticized formsof energy by the environmentalists Thus a look at nuclear energy and theenvironment and its impact on economic growth Lewis Munford an analyst once wrote Too much energy is as fatal as toolittle hence the regulation of energy input and output not its unlimitedexpansion is in fact one of the main laws of life This is true when dealingwith nuclear power Because our societies structure and processes both dependupon energy man is searching for the most efficient and cheapest form of energythat can be used on a long term basis And because we equate power with growththe more energy that a country uses - the greater their expected economicgrowth The problem is that energy is considered to have two facets or partsit is a major source of man-made repercussions as well as being the basis oflife support systems Therefore we are between two sections in which one is thesection of resource availability and waste and the other the continuity oflife support systems pertinent to survival Thus the environmentalists believe that nuclear energy should not be usedfor various reasons First of all the waste product ie plutonium isextremely radioactive which may cause the people who are working or living inor around the area of storage or use to acquire leukemia and other cancersThey also show how billions of dollars are spent yearly on safety devices for asingle reactor and this still doesnt ensure the impossibility of a meltdown Two examples were then given of Chernobyl and Three Mile Island in 1979when thousands of people were killed and incapacitated Finally theenvironmentalists claim that if society wastes less energy and develops themeans to use the energy more efficiency then there would be a definite decreasein the requirement for more energy producing plants On the other hand some business men and economists say that the presentconditions should be kept intact as the
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