Explain why nuclear power plants do not contribute to global warming?
please tell me why they do not contribute to global warming, not how good or bad they are or how they leave alot of crap behind, i just need to know why they dont contribute to global warming :)
- Dr JelloLv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
Nuclear power does not use fossil fuel, so it doesn't produce co2. It uses hot rocks to heat water.
The amount of waste generated by a nuclear power plant in a year will fit under your desk.
The waste is going to happen if it's in a nuclear power plant or not. This way we can contain the waste rather than let the natural reaction happen where it is on the ground.
It's clean and safe. People are just scared of modern technology because they don't understand it.
- -Lv 61 decade ago
Well, if you believe in man made global warming the argument why nuclear is better is because it's not burning fossil fuels. Nuclear energy don't create emissions. I think nuclear power is a good idea anyway. We should use it more just because it's powerful and efficient not necessarily because it's global warming friendly.
- 1 decade ago
Global warming is mostly referred to as happening from the greenhouse effect. The greenhouse effect is like all the CO2 from cars, factories, etc in the air... and then some sun rays get through, but even less can get out. This making it hotter for all living life.
Nuclear power plants are basically water heated by a nuclear rod. The steam (like steam from boiling water in a pot) is all that leaves the tower. Thus, it goes into the air as steam, and falls back to Earth as rain.
Thus, they do not contribute... unless the power is used to power factories that produce CO2.
- 1 decade ago
Firstly, let's define global warming.
It is the enhanced greenhouse effect. Global warming is caused by human activity (eg combustion). Global warming happens when there is an excessive amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, mainly carbon dioxide.
Well, nuclear power plants don't produce any greenhouse gases.
They don't produce carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, CFC or water vapour.
However there is nuclear pollution. Do more research on that.
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- 1 decade ago
uranium mining, transport, building and maintaining plants all contribute to global warming and that's not to mention the huge environmental cost of uranium mining (radioactive tailing's ect) and the amount of water used to run a plant. Also what do you do with the radioactive waste and spent fuel.
- DavidLv 61 decade ago
They don't produce greenhouse gasses. Ergo, they don't contribute to global warming. Simple as that.
- hippiegLv 41 decade ago
every one knows they just split atoms its not like comparatively speaking changing a human on the cellular level at all
- Anonymous1 decade ago
They do H2O is a green house gas. Plus there are hidden chemicals!