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Conventional Energy - Nuclear
 

Nuclear Power

The other main source of conventional energy is nuclear power. This energy derived from from splitting (fission) of a uranium into two atoms, releasing energy in the process. Originally hailed as the energy "too cheap to meter", it is now seen to have too many other possible impacts

The explosion of the nuclear reactor at Chernobyl made people examine how it was produced. The disposal of nuclear waste, habitat destruction and other environmental fears, led people to question if the existing situation was sustainable.

For more on Chernobyl check out this web site
http://library.thinkquest.org/
3426/index.html

People are now asking questions like:

  • Will oil, coal and gas be available to future generations?

  • What part will nuclear power play in supplying energy needs?

  • Can present energy levels be maintained without environmental degradation?

  • What alternative sources can be used?

What wastes energy?

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