In an energy debate where fossil fuels are often condemned as the dirty energy of the past, Epstein argues that they are the life-giving energy of the future — and says that we should celebrate, not demonize, the industry that creates them. His work has garnered both heavy praise from supporters and fierce opposition from adversaries, and changed the way thousands think about energy.
Though, with the rising disputes regarding the safety of using nuclear energy, people are speculating. Nuclear energy is widely perceived as a dangerous and potentially harmful source of generating electricity, but also a convenient one.
It has many known benefits, but it also comes with high risks.
The question that arises here is: Should we continue use of nuclear energy as a form of generating electricity or do the cons outweigh the pros? I believe that no matter how much nuclear energy benefits us, the hazards and risks that come along with use of it are not worth the cost.
Nuclear energy should not be used. The first disadvantage I would like to talk about is terrorism. If a well-coordinated terrorist group is able to damage a powerful nuclear plant in such a way that will affect a large population, the results will be cataclysmic.
Nuclear Energy is defined in a Dictionary as: Such an attack will leave catastrophic effects for not only the attacked area, but for the whole world. Is the safety of humans worth risking over nuclear energy?
Another one of the greatest factors of concern in using nuclear energy for electricity is the undeniably high risks that can potentially harm people worldwide. One of the most important reasons here is the radioactive waste left.
According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency standards, nuclear energy waste is required to be looked after for at least 10, years. The reason is actually quite simple. The byproducts of Uranium, which is the main energy source for nuclear power, remains radioactive for at least to thousand of years.
Though, even transporting the waste has a large risk as shipping the waste internationally increases the possibility of a terrorist interception.
To add on to the risks, there are one too many unknown variables that may affect the containment vessels.
If one vessel is damaged in any way, the results will be calamitous. Like I stated before, nuclear waste contains radiation values that can be potentially harmful to humans.
For radiation sickness, doses of over rems must be received all at once. As radiation increases, risks do the same: There are three major effects of radiation: For example, according to the Nuclear Pros and Cons Article on members. Radiation is truly one of the most significantly harmful impacts of the use of nuclear energy to produce electricity.
The third and final disadvantage of using nuclear energy is its thermal Another benefit of nuclear energy is that it is more abundant thanAlex Epstein’s The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels may make your blood boil, but his cool reason and cold, hard facts will lead us beyond hysterics to a much better future.” —PETER THIEL, technology entrepreneur and investor.
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Part 1: Graphical Representation Part 2: Summary of argument In the article “Fossil Fuels Improve the Planet” (Epstein, ), Alex Epstein’s main claim was that fossil fuels should be used without restriction as they provide reliable and affordable energy that improves the lives of mankind.
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The Moral Case for fossil fuels The Key to Winning Hearts and Minds by Alex Epstein Founder, Center for Industrial Progress Author, Fossil Fuels Improve the Planet. 2 The ProbleM Imagine you are talking to the VP of Communications for a tobacco company, who claims that he has a new.