One of the major requirements for sustaining development is an adequate source of energy. The current largest sources of energy are the combustion of coal, oil and natural gas. However, most of them, are running out or damaging the environment.
Some people might be surprised when hearing that nuclear energy has perhaps the lowest impact on the environment of any energy source (including air, land, water, and wildlife). The nuclear energy is very expensive, dangerous and its throughputs, in long term, can result in being very polluting. However is a “clean way” of producing electricity since they do not produce exhaust fumes that contribute to the greenhouse effect.

The constant increase in the oil price is giving wings to this alternative of energy. Most of the countries might choose the nuclear energy alternative to supply energy to its country and for others. The main cause of choosing it, is that this is the best solution to the reduction of exhaust fumes demanded by the Kyoto Protocol. One of the countries that is considering it is China. It is considering to build 50 new plants to export the energy to other countries.

Finally, if this countries choose this alternative, they would have to confront the principal problem of the nuclear power: the residues and its storage.
Nuclear energy and Kyoto Protocol

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  1. Susanne says:

    You would be surprised how many countries are already getting a decive part of their energy from nuclear power. I think, it is only the negative public opinion on this kind of energy that holds back the companies. If it was different, they would use it to a much greater extend.

  2. jeremy says:

    Nuclear power continues to be very controversial. At this point in time, the economics of it means it makes no sense (never mind the problems associated with throughput). However, if carbon taxes were to come in on a grand scale, this would change relative prices and nuclear power would become more attractive economically. But, so too, would renewable sources of energy like wind, solar and geothermal. These options do not have the same undesirable bi-products of course.

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