The Issue Of Nuclear Power Essay

1814 Words Mar 19th, 2016 8 Pages
Nuclear power is one of the cleanest forms of energy in operation, with an almost nonexistent carbon footprint (Melville, 2013, p. 2). However, the cost associated with building and commissioning a nuclear plant is in the billions. The recent economic hardship in Alberta due to the drop in the price of oil, resulting in an energy crisis and a high unemployment rate has caused leaders to look for solutions to Canada’s problem. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau plans to “Create a $2 billion fund to support projects aimed at cutting carbon emissions.” (Dinshaw, 2015, para. 6). A nuclear plant project in Alberta could receive funding from Trudeau’s government, could create jobs for many Albertans, and could stimulate the economy across western Canada. This would be great for Canada’s future as a whole, especially at a time like this.

Alberta is a great province to host nuclear power. One plant of 1000 MW only requires 1.3 square miles (Nuclear Energy Institute, 2015). Given past experiences with nuclear power plants, they should not have contact with any natural disasters like earthquakes, tsunamis, tornadoes, or volcanoes. Conveniently, earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanoes do not pose a threat due to the large distance from tectonic plate boundaries and ocean. In addition, natural weather disasters like tornadoes are very uncommon. However, if a nuclear meltdown occurred, the plant would need to be far enough from the occupied towns to provide a safe exclusion zone distance. For…

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