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Nuclear energy might have a lot of unused potential. Not only is it one of the best mid term solutions for global warming bit despite what gut feeling tells us, it has saved millions of lives. By investing more into better technologies we might be able to make nuclear energy finally save and clean forever.

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Sįmøñė Rēçkhãüs
And there is also nuclear fusion
J Shelly
1:21, the o in Co2 should be uppercase else it'll translate as cobalt ..
Mr Iacovino
I like to show a video such as this and then provide a transcript to go along with questions to assist students. It is a simple and effective accommodation.  Here is a corrected and usable transcript:


3 REASONS WHY NUCLEAR ENERGY IS AWESOME (PART 3/3)

Three reasons why we should continue using nuclear energy:


1. Nuclear energy saves lives. In 2013, a study conducted by NASA found that nuclear energy has prevented around 1.8 million deaths. Even if you include the death tolls from Chernobyl and Fukushima, nuclear energy ranks last in death per energy units produced. While nuclear waste is really toxic, it's usually stored somewhere, while the toxic byproducts of fossil fuels are pumped into the air we breathe every day. So, just by reducing the amount of fossil fuels burned, countless cases of cancer or lung disease and accidents in coal mines have been avoided. If we can choose between lots of dangerous stuff being put into a deep hole and lots and lots and lots of dangerous stuff being pumped into the atmosphere, the former seems more logical. Nuclear energy feels way more dangerous though. Single catastrophic events burn into our memory, while coal and oil kill silently. It's like the death rate of flying versus driving. Even in the best-case scenario, it would take at least forty years to switch to 100% renewable energy. So, for as long as we continue using fossil fuels, nuclear energy will save way more lives than it destroys.



2. Nuclear energy reduces CO2 emissions. Nuclear energy is arguably way less harmful to the environment in terms of climate change than fossil fuels now main source energy. Since 1976, about 64 Gigatons of greenhouse gas emissions have not been pumped out thanks to nuclear energy. And by the mid-21st, century that could amount to an additional 80 to 240 Gigatons. Humanity's energy consumption is rising steadily. According to US government projections, China alone will add the equivalent of a new 600-megawatt coal plant every 10 days for the next 10 years. China already burns 4 billion tons of coal each year. Coal is cheap, relatively abundant, and easy to get to. So, it's not likely that humanity will stop using it soon. Nuclear energy might be the only way of dampening the effects of climate change and preventing a catastrophic man-made global warming. Compared to the other things we do; nuclear energy is relatively clean. So, even if it is a good idea to quit nuclear energy long term, it might be a good solution for the next hundred years or so, compared to the alternatives.



3. New technologies. Maybe technology will solve the problem of nuclear waste and dangerous power plants. The nuclear reactors we've used so far are mostly outdated technology, because nuclear innovations stopped in the 1970s. There are models, like the thorium reactor, that could solve the problem altogether. Thorium is abundant, really hard to turn into nuclear weapons, and up to two orders of magnitude less wasteful than current nuclear reactors. The waste material might also be only dangerous for a few hundred years, in contrast to a couple of thousand years. One ton of thorium is estimated to provide the same amount of energy as 200 tons of uranium or 3.5 million tons of coal. So, while we cannot know for sure if alternative nuclear technology will keep its promises, shouldn't we at least do more research before we forego an opportunity to solve lots of humanity's current problems? It might not be an easy challenge, but that hasn't stopped us before. So, should we use nuclear energy? There are risks involved in any great human endeavor, and we have to make an informed decision, rather than rely on gut feeling.
Mr. Unpopular
Aren't we gonna run out of coal in about 40 years?!
Mr. Unpopular
Thorium is must more costly!
Yasir Irshad
Doea nuclear fission solve the problem tho??
Kitora Tanaka
Yes yes okay we all know what’s good about nuclear energy and yes it does have low death rates but please does it really have to be built near villages? These people in Fukushima had to move away and wander around like a refugee. It completely destroyed them.
Radioactives that accumulates in the soil will affect their bodies if they keep living there so they have no choice but to leave.

Also I have read that the nuclear power plant takes about 70 yrs for decommissioning. What about that? You can’t build and scrap these things like other power plants.

I know nuclear energy sounds great and all but are we really ready to manage the risk?
Septimius Severus
The problem is western people are changing their mind all the fking time. Make up your mind and stick to it! You’re doing a lot of damage to the economy by changing your source of energy every fucking year.
-Tq-
So much respect to K for presenting this issue in a truly balanced manner.

I believe our 100 year (or however long it takes for fusion to come online) solution is fission nuclear.

It is the only real solution to climate change that meets our energy needs. Solar and wind simply cannot meet the power demands and if relegated to solar and wind our economies will take a major, and probably destructive hit.

Energy efficiency cannot be improved to a point where solar and wind alone can become a solution.
Si4mon
The cons of nuclear power far outweigh the pros, maybe not for the people living right now, but for all the next generations, our kids, their kids, our grandchildrens kids, etc. Yeah for sure blame the hippies. You all should be gratefull that there are humans who actually care for the planet, you ignorant beeings. These surveys were funded by the nuclear power lobby, they sum up all the actual local deaths at those 2 big disasters we had, but no one talks about the future impact which nuclear radiation has on your health, please stop the madness, the world runs on 10% nuclear power, no one needs that, lets build a better, life affirming, sustainable planet fellas. Nuclear Power, no thanks!!
Simply Bumfuzzled
The Fully Nuclear World of Fallout is coming.
Yoseob Yang
Saving lives and reducing environmental impact sounds like this should be the way to go, even after considering the arguments against it. Germany can be an example: after Fukushima, they hurried up to close reactors, and they plan to shut them all down by 2022 but, interestingly, the alternative they've come up with is coal, so they have already officially anounced that they will not achieve the goals they pacted in the Kyoto Protocol, and german electricity bills are sky-rocketting in price. Quite counterproductive isn't it?
Aaron
Yes we need more Nuclear reactors.
Pablo Shacone
You really like doctor who, don’t you
JOSEPH caban
Why cant we use the waste of nuclear plants as energy? We have enought waste to power the world without generating more waste . . .
Matthew Holevinski
I'm not a nuclear physicist but thorium absorbs a neutron, then decays into protactinium, then after about a month that decays into uranium, which would be destined to split and give off on average greater than 2 neutrons thus continuing the cycle. How do you come up with 1 thorium equals 200 uranium? Or are you doing the math from the perspective that it the thorium eventually leads to the better uranium isotopes to fission as apposed to the 238 which by mass is predominately what's found in natural uranium?
Kevin Diska Reynaldi
And tech will continue to evolve. The only limit for it is the various barrier we encounter, like military conflict or just simple language differences.

Maybe in future if billionaire invest on nuclear energy it can open up new possibilities (and problems), like when everyone is prosper enough on earth, it soon be overcrowded and seek for alternative somewhere else. They might found new ways to generate energy.

Just wonder...
Finn Spicer
Plus, new materials like graphene might be able to speed up the decomposing process of nuclear waste dramatically.
Gaming BoyVc
Oeps didnt see This vid ;) i like that ytr neutral
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