UK Nuclear Energy Policy Analytical Essay by Hans

An exploration of whether the UK government should incorporate nuclear energy into the energy mix over the next 30 years.
# 149729 | 2,475 words | 18 sources | APA | 2010 | GB
Published on Dec 29, 2011 in Political Science (Non-U.S.) , Physics (Nuclear)


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Description:

This paper presents the arguments for and against the adoption of nuclear energy into the energy mix by the UK government. The paper addresses the key arguments that include ethical issues, long term nuclear waste and job creation opportunities as well as health and safety concerns. Ultimately, the paper comes to the conclusion that nuclear energy should be used in some form in the government's energy policy over the next 30 years.

Outline:
Executive Summary
Introduction
Ethical Issues and Frameworks
Arguments in Support of Nuclear Power
Arguments Against Nuclear Power
Conclusion and Recommendations

From the Paper:

"In the first instance one may consider that the current problems in UK energy policy represent a quandary from the ethical perspective. On the one hand, successive governments have been committed to constant economic growth an objective which by its very nature is linked to the increasing consumption of energy (Howard 2007). This must then be considered against the background of the UK energy which is largely based around a mix of both imported and domestically based fossil fuels (DTI 2006). The problems facing those in the field of energy policy are several and numerous, firstly there is the consideration that fossil fuels are in the end a finite resource and so long term the policy of constant economic growth and the reliance on fossil fuels as a source of energy is simply unsustainable. Secondly, whilst fossil fuels at the moment present a cheap and relatively safe form of energy the long term effects of carbon emissions and other environmental effects may be seen as equally making the source of energy an unsustainable source even before resources run out.
"Despite this consideration there are also problems with the alternatives to fossil fuel based sources of energy. In the first instance one alternative is that of renewable sources such as wind and water power, whilst these sources may be seen as preferable there is also the consideration that such methods are at present still largely expensive and can in some instances be seen as an unreliable source of energy (Harding et al 2005)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • BBC News. 2006. Nuclear power plants get go-ahead. Available online at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/5166426.stm [Accessed on 14/04/10].
  • Bolton, R. 2009. Green energy Act could create 90,000 green jobs report concludes. Available online at: http://www.dailycommercialnews.com/article/id33903 [Accessed on 12/04/10].
  • Damveld, H. 2000. Nuclear waste and nuclear ethics. Available online at: http://www.nuclearfiles.org/menu/key-issues/ethics/issues/scientific/nuclear_waste_ethics.pdf [Accessed on 11/04/10].
  • DECC. 2009. Offshore wind has potential to meet more than a quarter of UK's electricity needs. Available online at: http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/news/pn065/pn065.aspx [Accessed on 11/04/10].
  • DTI. 2006. The energy challenge. Available online at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/bsp/hi/pdfs/11_07_06_energy_review_report.pdf [Accessed on 14/04/10].

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