Saturday, May 18, 2013

RESEARCH RELATED ARGUMENTATIVE ESSAY: SHOULD TURKEY INVEST IN NUCLEAR ENERGY?


The recent disaster in Fukushima significantly affected governments' future investment plans; a lot of countries decided to re-examine their nuclear energy projects; many countries such as Germany even decided to remove their nuclear plants and focus particularly on renewable energy resources. Contrary to these acts, the Turkish government enthusiastically turned to nuclear power. It is my contention that this innovation will adversely affect the whole country in terms of the ecological balance and human security.

First of all, these nuclear plants will be erected in Akkuyu and Sinop; the latter place is in the vicinity of the North Anatolian Fault Line; therefore, it would be really dangerous for security. Moreover, in Sinop, the other natural disaster: erosion frequently occurs and this situation remarkably increases the likelihood of a horrendous accident. When we look back in history, there was a disaster in Chernobyl that had far-reaching impacts on all living things; hundreds of people passed away or became disabled ,and the ecological balance was upset.

In addition, the materials and waste of the nuclear energy plants will be carried to Russia by huge ships. In case of an accident during the Black sea voyage, the fishing industry will be eradicated and everyone will be exposed. Ovacık Bay can be considered as the habitat of various sea animals, in this regard, any destructive act will dramatically damage the marine ecosystem and reduce the biological diversity in the Black sea.

Some people defend the view that in Turkey, nuclear energy would be advantageous in terms of  the economy and job opportunities. They seem to be right to some extent that many jobs will come into being,;however, the only way to provide job opportunities is not nuclear power plants. Actually, other energy resources yield many job opportunities. For instance, in Germany, the renewable energy sector requires 340.000 employees, while nuclear energy only needs 30.000 employees. Additionally, such an energy system cannot be considered advantageous because it leads to the consumption of a great deal of water and leads to scarcity.

In conclusion, nuclear plants produce a lot of energy; however, they pose a serious threat to ecosystems and health. Especially in case of an accident, this threat is devastating. Contrary to the misconception, other energy types yield 10 times the number of job opportunities. Taking these serious impacts into account, the Turkish government should focus on other energy resources rather than nuclear energy.
Elif Gürbüz Advanced
·          
·          
·          
·          
·          
·          
·          
·          
·          
·          

No comments:

Post a Comment