Nuclear Power: The Costs, and the Advantages


When we say the word “nuclear”,  we think of bombs, radiations, explosions, but nuclear power is much more than that. We are living in fear of the word “nuclear” for no reason, more deaths come from coal power plants than nuclear power plants in a year. Nuclear power is amazing but we fear the word nuclear for no reason at all but we should not be, so why do we live in fear?


Nuclear power affects many things, such as, Energy Density, Nuclear Waste, Climate Change, Humans, and Nuclear Weapons. Also, nuclear power affects Economics and Politics in many different ways. Nuclear Economics and Politics is how nuclear power affects money and our government. Building a nuclear power plant takes a lot more money to build than a coal power plant because the nuclear power plant is a lot more complicated and has more safety concerns than a coal power plants.


Nuclear power plants are hard to build in certain places because many people are scared of the nuclear power. People should not be scared of nuclear power because it does not contribute to global warming or climate change and it provides a lot of electricity and power in homes. Nuclear power produces about 20% of power in Colorado and the same amount of energy as a coal plant. Thousands of more workers work in coal power plants than nuclear power plants.

Jeff Loates explaining the atom chain reaction of nuclei at MSU during Youth Journalism Day 2018, (Picture by Luke Painter)

Jeff Loates, Nuclear Physicist, Director of the Center for Faculty Excellence, P.H.D explained this phenomenon called Fission. Fission is when we split a nucleus and it releases a lot of energy and more nuclei. A nucleus is the center ”spec” of the atom. Nuclear power is produced by a controlled chain reaction. First, the heat boils the water, than the steam turns a turbine, last a turbine rotates the generator.