I'm doing an essay in school on the benifits of Nuclear power :DNo, you want to help the environment? Turn on more lights.
Yes, you heard me.
Consume so goddamn much power that they are forced to construct nuclear power plants.
Tah dah, near infinite clean energy. I refuse to take a step back technologically because some fucking dipshit hippies who don't understand the difference between nuclear warheads and nuclear power plants block the proliferation of nuclear energy. So I'm going to be the most wasteful prick possible until they shut the fuck up and allow real green energy through.
Hydro electric obliterates river ecosystems and wind turbines kill all kinds of birds all day long and then continue to murder bats by night. Solar panels require massive massive amounts of empty land to produce even remotely useful amounts of energy effectively destroying a much larger footprint.
Not that I really give a shit if some fish die or birds get turned into nuggets. I'm just pointing out that comparatively, nuclear energy does none of these things. If we could finally move forward, nuclear waste would all be stored in a single location for the entire united states, the place has been under construction for years now. The nuclear power plants take up relatively small amounts of space and only need a supply of water to run.
And no, they don't produce radioactive chemicals into the surrounding area. Coal plants however spew out substantial amounts of radioactive material into the atmosphere.
And no, radioactive waste is generally not useful for a bomb. There are breeder reactors which produce weapons grade material, but that was intentional. Yes, you can make a dirty bomb. No dirty bombs actually aren't all that dangerous. The explosive used to disperse the dirty bomb would kill ten fold the number of people the radiation could even give mild radiation sickness to. And generally the explosion isn't actually going to kill much of anyone.