It can be said that our country also has a developed nuclear industry. In the U.S. there are 104 nuclear power plants, which produce about 20 percent of the total amount of electricity. Although since 1970 there have not been built any nuclear power plants, today one nuclear power plant is already under construction and another 11 are in the planning stages, according to Katie Connoll (2011).
To sum it up I would like to say that without any doubts Japan nuclear crisis will affect nuclear industry all over the world and leading countries will reconsider their attitude to nuclear energy in the issue of their safety and security. Of course, there are a lot of supporters of alternative energy and many of them call to complete abandon of traditional and nuclear energy usage, but, in my opinion, humanity is not ready for this step yet. Without any doubts transition to alternative energy sources will require incredible money costs and everybody should remember it. As a fact, I am supporter of alternative energy, but we should be realistic: only smooth transition to “green” energy is feasible.
It should be noted that today, nuclear energy remains one of the most reliable and efficient way to produce electricity. Humanity can not hope that wind will blow all the time, and sun will shine constantly. Of course, people prefer to use something that does not produce carbon dioxide and other emissions, but eventually all natural resources such as natural gas, coal and oil will run out. That is why I believe that nuclear energy technologies in the future will grow. In my opinion, this is confirmed by the objective facts.
Katie Connoll (2011). Japan earthquake: Impact on US nuclear energy future. Retrieved March 19, 2011 from http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-12738459
Ken Dilanian, Don Lee (2011). Japan’s crisis may have already derailed “nuclear renaissance”. Retrieved March 19, 2011 from http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-sci-japan-nuclear-plants-20110314,0,4401283.story
Melissa Pistilli (2011). The Nuclear Power Industry Will Survive the Japan Crisis. Retrieved March 19, 2011 from http://au.ibtimes.com/articles/124319/20110319/nuclear-power-industry-will-survive-the-japan-crisis.htm
Money Morning (2011). Japan Nuclear Crisis: New Power Plant Construction Renaissance in Peril. Retrieved March 19, 2011 from http://www.marketoracle.co.uk/Article26957.html