With increasing concerns about the sustainability and the future of fossil fuels, there has been calls for an intensification of the research into alternate sources of energy and fuel production. Thus far, nuclear power has been advocated as a potentially viable option to break the fossil fuel dependency.
However, it would appear that the concerns about the future of fossil fuels has meant that people in a form of desperation, have been all too quick to overlook and dismiss some of the more immediate concerns regarding the utilisation of nuclear power.
Nuclear power is promoted and sold by its supporters as being clean, reliable, efficient and providing substantial power yield in exchange for minimal cost. All of this is undoubtedly true, nuclear power does not generate the vast quantities of carbon dioxide that is typical of coal and gas power plants.
However, the economic viability of nuclear power plants remains at best, questionable. One of the biggest challenges to accurately identifying and assessing the relative costs of the establishment of nuclear power plants is the variability of global terrain.
Nuclear power points are wholly unsuited for countries where earthquakes are commonplace, due to the fact that the structural damage that maybe sustained by the nuclear power plant could cause a reactor wide meltdown potentially leaking radiation to the nearby environment.
The immediate effects associated with a nuclear meltdown pale in comparison to the long term health risks and effects. Elevated incidences of neurological, hormonal and oncological pathologies are well documented, as is the incidence of chromosomal abnormality.
This in turn would place undue strain on the healthcare system of the country where the tragedy occurred, as generations of newly born children would be riddled with rare and costly to treat forms of cancer and leukaemia.
Political and public opposition to the utilisation of nuclear power has been fierce and whilst there is a general consensus that something has to be done about the future of fossil fuels, people are not entirely convinced that nuclear power is the most appropriate solution at present.
As things stand at the moment, nuclear power is sparingly used, and under close scrutiny. With two high profile tragedies within the last 50 years which resulted in substantial loss of life and property, the devastating effects of a nuclear meltdown have been felt for generations.
Nuclear power maybe perceived as some necessary evil: but still hope remains for a better answer.
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