Nuclear Energy, Love It or Hate It
Radiation is both odorless and colorless; therefore, anyone who could be exposed to radiation at work or otherwise needs to depend upon radiation detection devices. Hazmat and fire teams, as well as first responders who now deal with new levels of terrorism are now facing possible exposure to much higher levels of hazardous materials than they ever have before. Terrorism itself has risen to levels the world never imagined, and the teams that are called to respond to attacks, or even just the possibility of an attack, are now open to unbelievable amounts of poisonous gases and radioactive materials. Having radiation detection devices is now a requirement for those who are exposed to these dangers on a daily basis. This is also true for people who work around a nuclear reactor plant every day.
Nuclear reactors are controversial when it comes to their producing electricity. Nuclear energy has been proven to provide much cleaner and much more cost effective electricity; however, many people fear the repercussions should something go wrong at a nuclear plant. Studies conducted show that 51% of people in the United States agree with using nuclear energy for electricity, while 43% still fear it. It has already been proven more than once that, in the event of a incident involving one of these reactors, the results would most definitely be catastrophic. Radiation is a major concern to people living in the vicinity of any nuclear plant.
Nevertheless, there are 436 operating nuclear plants in 30 different countries around the world, and another 67 are in the process of being built. The fact is that nuclear power produces several million times more power than does coal or any other fossil fuel. One kg of coal would give a 60 watt light bulb enough power to burn for four days, while nuclear energy would burn the same bulb for an unbelievable 685 years! There is no denying the power and the superiority of nuclear power when it comes to producing electricity. This is a major reason why investing in energy and investing in nuclear companies has not decreased in popularity, in spite of the risks. Because of the risks involved, precautions taken against exposure to radiation at nuclear power plants has been heightened and the radiation detection equipment used is of the most sensitive and high quality caliber. Radiation detection devices are provided and made available to everyone within these facilities.
Nuclear energy stocks are still a good bet for investors, and still yield a good return. Regardless of the very real possibility of danger involving nuclear reactors, investors have not lost interest. Nuclear energy is one of those areas that continues to advance in spite of the public’s full knowledge of its risks.