India's Nuclear Power Programme ExpansionIndi amust expand its nuclear power programme to develop and grow economically.How can we support the statement after hearing about the Fukushima disaster...

India's Nuclear Power Programme Expansion

Indi amust expand its nuclear power programme to develop and grow economically.How can we support the statement after hearing about the Fukushima disaster and the recent nuclear accident at France? Apart from energy production , what other advantages will nuclear power pragramme provide India with? Writing in favour of India's nuclear expansion and its necessity,write about how should India go about this expansion in the nuclear energy sphere. Refer closely to contemporary nuclear expansions in variuo other countries and their advantages. Please provide related links (if possible)for reference.

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Nuclear energy can be clean and cheap in the short term.  In the long run, you have another story.  However the world itself would not necessarily be a safer place if India had nuclear anything, since its neighbors might object and start an arms race.

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belarafon | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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Remeber that Fukushima was built on an island, close to the coastline, in an earthquake zone, and the standards and materials were outdated. Modern nuclear reactors are significantly safer and more efficient, and if they used Thorium as their power source, cannot melt down. Nuclear power has killed fewer people in its lifetime than coal mining kills in a single year.

Refer to these sources:

http://snipurl.com/v0f4h

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thorium#Thorium_as_a_nuclear_fuel

http://skeptoid.com/episodes/4092
 
 

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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One way that you can make this point is to compare it with automobiles.  We know for sure that driving a car or riding in a car is relatively more dangerous than most things we do.  Yet we do it every day.  The real issue here is that we fear big catastrophes because they seem so much scarier than little ones that add up.  Think of fossil fuels as car crashes -- the dangers seem minor but they add up to something quite serious.

So, I agree with the others.  You need to write about the sorts of safety precautions that should be taken to make things as safe as possible.  But you also need to point out that there is no such thing as complete safety and that the alternatives are not any better.

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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#2 makes a very valid point. Nuclear energy is safer in terms of the whole world, not just India itself. There is an environmental imperative for India to convert to greener energy. Let us also remember that nuclear energy is one of the safer forms of energy, as long as careful safety restrictions are put in place. Japan was a regretful tragedy that should make us all aware of the dangers of what could happen if nuclear power is not administered safely, but it should not be something that should scare us away from using it in the correct circumstances.

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brettd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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India has more than 1.1 billion people and an expanding economy with massive power needs.  It's unreasonable to expect they would not attempt to generate new power from various sources in order to support their own nation.  Their other alternative to nuclear is coal fired plants, which are extremely "dirty" in terms of carbon output.  Nuclear plants emit no greenhouse gases.  Nuclear power is a well-developed technology and has a good safety record overall.  Recent nuclear accidents have happened at older, outdated plants and new plants in India would use much more modern technology and engineering. 

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