Nuclear Fantasy: Why nuclear doesn’t have a place in our energy future
Reactor 4 at Chernobyl [Image source: Carl Montgomery, Flickr]
Whenever someone writes an article advocating renewable energy as the way ahead for a society determined to solve climate change while also preserving the relatively economic and fairly comfortable (at least for industrialized nations thus far) stability of our present global society, invariably there will be someone questioning it on the basis that nuclear is the way ahead. For all the reasons presented below, this conclusion is unrealistic.
There are two types of nuclear energy – nuclear fission and nuclear fusion. Fission is what we use currently in modern reactors, using uranium 235 (U235).