Current nuclear power stations use the process of
Nuclear Fission to generate power.
Nuclear fission is an ethical issue because it has the potential to be very dangerous. Where accidents have occurred, the consequences have been severe. Supporters believe fission can be made safe, while those against it believe the risks and costs are too great and not worth the benefits.
About to close down...
There are currently 10 nuclear fission power stations in the UK. In 2005 they produced about 20% of our electricity. Many of these power stations are old and due to reach the end of their useful lives soon and will be closed down. As a result, planners need to decide whether to invest in new nuclear power stations or other forms of energy instead.
Climate change and energy security
In 2003, the UK Government called for huge reductions in CO2 emissions, a large boost for renewable energy and ruled out future nuclear power stations. Only four years later, the same government announced that nuclear power stations will be built, as this is the only practical answer to Britain's energy needs.
What changed? Read this article and decide for yourself
Advantages of nuclear power