Benefits of Nuclear Energy


Nathan Adamik, Staff Writer



Nuclear energy has many apparent benefits that make it among the most reliable and sustainable sources of power.


Likely because of lasting concern from well-known events like the meltdown at Chernobyl, nuclear energy is often overlooked by planners seeking more sustainable alternatives to fossil fuel. Among the top ten reasons to oppose nuclear energy, the non-profit organization Green America lists acidents in the top five and radioactive waste as number one and says on its website, “Solar power, wind power, geothermal power, hybrid and electric cars, and aggressive energy efficiency are climate solution, cheaper, faster, more secure, and less wasteful than nuclear power.” 


Nuclear energy though, is perhaps the most sustainable form of energy production, because it produces zero carbon emissions, is renewable, does not harm the environment, and doesn’t deplete natural resources. 


In addition to being sustainable, nuclear energy is also very reliable. According to The World Nuclear Association they can run 24 hours every day without interruption, they will work no matter the weather and can operate for many decades. Wind and solar, however, are intermittent (Solar energy can only be captured during the day) and unpredictable (Wind energy relies on the weather).


Compared to coal (one of the most common fuels for power plants across the globe), nuclear is the more efficient. “A typical reactor requires about 27 tonnes of fresh fuel each year. In contrast, a coal power station of a similar size would require more than two-and-a-half million tonnes of coal to produce as much electricity,” says The World Nuclear Association.