Published On: Sat, Feb 22nd, 2014

Pakistan: Yes To Nuclear Energy – OpEd

Pakistan Nuclear

Pakistan Nuclear

By Mobeen Tariq

Nuclear revitalization would never ever be transpired if nuclear energy was unsafe. Nuclear energy is a clean, safe, reliable and competitive energy source. As Nuclear energy by far has the lowest impact on the environment since it does not release any gases like carbon dioxide, methane which are largely responsible for greenhouse effect. Of all energy sources, nuclear energy has perhaps the most less impact on the environment, including water, land, habitat, species, and air resources. Nuclear power reactors have a foremost environmental benefit that they do not emit the gases that contribute to global warming, acid rain, or urban smog.

Nuclear energy is not only environmentally friendly but also offers inexpensive long term alternative to other sources of energy. It is the only source of energy that can replace a significant part of the fossil fuels (coal, oil and gas) which massively pollute the atmosphere and contribute to the greenhouse effect. Today over 400 nuclear reactors provide base-load electric power in 30 countries.

Unlike traditional sources of energy like solar and wind that require sun or wind to produce electricity, nuclear energy can be produced from nuclear power plants even in rough weather conditions. They can produce power 24/7 and need to be shut down for maintenance purposes only. More over Nuclear power plants generate power less expensively than wind or solar power plants. Both solar and wind require large areas and both are sporadic, producing electricity only when the sun is shining or the wind blowing.

Nuclear power plants were responsible for nearly half of the total voluntary reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. Nuclear power also provides water quality and aquatic life conservation. Water discharged from a nuclear power plant contains no harmful pollutants and meets regulatory standards for temperature designed to protect aquatic life. Nuclear power plants produce a large amount of electricity in a relatively small space, they require ominously less land for operation than all other energy sources.

Nuclear Power plants also entail only a relatively small amount of land, in contrast to the large areas required by solar or wind generating systems. For instance, solar and wind farms must occupy substantially more land, and must be sited in geographically unpopulated areas far from energy demand.

To build the equivalent of a 1,000-megawatt nuclear plant, a solar park would have to be larger than 35,000 acres, and a wind farm would have to be 150,000 acres or larger. By contrast, nuclear power plants with an installed capacity of over 1,900 megawatts of power can be built on 1500-acre site. Despite popular belief, nuclear plants are relatively safe.

In my conclusion, I must say that nuclear energy is not only clean, but it is also safe, reliable, durable and competitive. Nuclear Energy is a compact, reliable sustainable energy source that reduces carbon emissions and increases energy security. So “Yes” Nuclear Energy is the solution to energy crisis of Pakistan and this can only be possible by having more nuclear power plants.

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  1. bacha skr says:

    well written, i think the nuclear is real energy for the future. wind and other fossil energy will add up as appetizers to the power grids, but nuclear and hydro have to play their roles,

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