What Are the Advantages and Disadvantages of Uranium?

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Using uranium has many advantages and disadvantages, including the advantage of being cheaper than coal and the disavantage of it sometimes being dangerous to use. Its use is a topic of debate in many countries around the world.

Some of the advantages to using uranium for energy include the following:

  • Uranium is relatively clean and does not contribute heavily to climate change.
  • The process is extremely reliable and less likely to fail than renewable technologies.

Some of the disadvantages include the following:

  • Nuclear energy production results in a byproduct of dangerous nuclear waste.
  • Uranium is required for fission to take place, and it is a dangerous and unstable element.
  • Nuclear reactors can occasionally leak.

Despite the fact that the nuclear debate remains a thorny issue for many, most scientists insist that modern nuclear reactors are far safer than they are portrayed in the media.