Comparison of Nuclear and Coal Power: Supplying the Future Energy Needs of America

Tuesday, November 9, 2010: 1:50 PM
Grand Ballroom J (Marriott Downtown)
Adam L. Read1, Mark E. Banner2, Geoffrey E Lemon1 and Andrew J Martinson2, (1)Chemical Engineering, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, (2)Mechanical Engineering, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT

Nuclear power has reached the point where it should begin replacing coal plants. In this paper we will discuss how nuclear power compares to coal in four main categories: political, economical, plant risk, and environmental effects. Whether or not nuclear power is a viable replacement for coal is discussed through statistics and research. It was concluded that nuclear power plants present a better option than coal.

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