Nuclear Power Story and Analysis
by Johnbosco on April 21, 2016 - 7:29am
I am Tagbo Obiora and a former resident of Pripyat in Ukraine, I would tell you a short story, then voicing out my opinion prior to the Group debate about the development of Nuclear power stations in Hartlepool, and whether we should really consider nuclear energy as an option for our energy needs and climate condition. Also going use recent historical events as to back up my facts.
Not too long ago, Fukushima horror in 2011 revealed to the world that nuclear power is obviously profoundly dangerous. The collapse at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant was the most awful since the incident that happened in Chernobyl, Ukraine 25 years previously. The sad part of this story was that the explosion of the Nuclear power plant affected my family.
My wife and kids were diagnosed with severe system failure and had limited time to live. Luckily I was out of the country for a three day business trip and heard about the drastic news and I spoke to my wife the day it happened and she seemed fine, until months after when she broke down and my child who had just been born one month before the explosion was also falling ill with severe temperature.
Later I researched about the effects of nuclear radioactivity from the nuclear missile from the event that happened in Cuba and came to realisation that my wife and kid would not be with me for too long. Even the atmosphere in the neighbourhood was very down, people hardly came out or drove cars, kids barely played around. The whole town changed and things were never the same. Then one fateful day it was on the news that Pripyat is been quarantined and people were not allowed to leave the area.
Earlier on that month after my wife and kid was admitted in the hospital, they died and I had to move away from the area unless the radioactivity would affect me. So I moved to the United Kingdom, and I have been here for the past 24 years and also managed to put myself together and live with it. The hardest part was that I had the perfect life and it’s all slipped through my hands just because of someone’s mistake.
Public and private investment in nuclear energy far surpasses disbursement of cash in renewables. These Nuclear plants are also costly to set up and liquidate too, and the prices of storing or disposing radioactive waste also have to be measured. If the amount of capital injected into nuclear had been dispersed on renewables, then the profit would surely have been much greater per-dollar or pound funded into it. If you haven’t seen any images of how the Chernobyl terror affected the public and habitats in the area.
Judging by these pictures above, these people or animals affected by this nuclear radioactivity are not pleasing to look at but if there is a little probability that this could happen we should act fast against the use nuclear power. Even till today they are some families that are still affected by the effects of these historical events of nuclear terror. You might feel that you would not be affected by ignoring it, you probably would so be sure about what side you decide to be on.
Secondly, Renewables are ready to take over from nuclear. Actually, we may possibly be producing 100 percent of energy from renewables by 2050, and technology for that is now ready for market, mostly if the backings for fossil fuels and nuclear are reduced in rates.
Additionally, if we don’t begin realising the power of renewables now then we might not ever make the alteration, so this is the opportunity to make that first step.
Thirdly, Iran is planning a civilian nuclear programme that analysts warn could be used for a covert nuclear weapons capability. A website built to watch Iran stated that “By using the approximately 9,000 first generation centrifuges operating at its Natanz Fuel Enrichment Plant as of October 2015, Iran could theoretically produce enough weapon-grade uranium to fuel a single nuclear warhead in less than 2 months”(Lincy and Milhollin, 2015)
Iran states it needs nuclear power as an assurance towards its energy safety, and Europe’s political struggles to persuade it or else would be much stress-free if it could be revealed that citizen nuclear energy was pointless. If Europe actually desires a nuclear-free world, then it has to pledge to end its nuclear technology entirely. And things like this can’t be happening, it has been aware that “Two German state environment ministries have admitted that workers failed to carry out safety checks at two nuclear power stations, but registered them as done anyway. One power station has been shut down.” (Welle, 2003)
But there is also some interesting facts about how the world could benefit from nuclear energy and the recent technological and security age and they are stated below.
Some people believe that the technology involved with the process is safe, and it’s getting even safer. Fukushima was an ancient plant, and the modern generation of nuclear reactor structures are considerable less expected to meltdown. Furthermore, quakes and tsunamis of the category that triggered the Fukushima disaster are considerably less common to occur in Europe.
We also have to use all of the energy resources we harness, since renewables aren’t so far able to over throw nuclear power. The replacements to nuclear power uranium are natural gas and coal as well as alternative gas resources and these would be (over a long period of time) far more contaminating and harmful than nuclear.
Nuclear combination could, hypothetically, answer all of our energy requirements. It’s a treasured part of analysis that can secure abundant uncontaminated energy, so it’s valuable capitalising in the technology and continuing to explore ways in which we could make it better and safe for usage.
But finally, I taken a hard time to think about my choice and I have chosen to be for nuclear energy but would also press the fact that action needs to be taken to make sure that the new technologies in place have no loop holes against nuclear energy production security.