What is Nuclear Power?. It is simply electricity made from fissioning uranium and plutonium. Fission. If a uranium nucleus absorbs a neutron, it can break up and release: -Energy (Heat) -More neutrons -Other radiation. Also Plutonium. Nuclear Reactor (simplified).
If a uranium nucleus absorbs a neutron, it can break up and release:
Let’s examine each.
In fact, the nuclear power we have (20% of US electricity) saves thousands of lives in WI and elsewhere in US yearly
Nuclear wastes offer a huge benefit over fossil wastes
Contrast: Same size coal plant each year
Yucca Mountain standards established by EPA
Note: We can destroy the nuclear wastes so YMs would not be needed. Research under way to reduce cost.
A Diplomatic Problem
- Simple plant - N. Korea
Nuclear plants in place of coal plants for electricity
battery-driven automobiles (such as General Motors expects to sell in five years) charged by nuclear electricity.
Or fuel-cell automobiles with hydrogen separated by nuclear electricity (unless a better means evolves).