Is nuclear energy considered ‘clean energy’?

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    Nuclear energy is generally considered to be a “clean” source of power due to the fact that no greenhouse gases are emitted in the process of creating the energy, but there is much debate about this. It also does not produce pollutants that cause acid rain. The manufacturing and delivering phases of nuclear energy, however, involve the use of fossil fuels, which means that it’s not completely green.

    Environmentalists have also made the argument that nuclear power plants’ method of disposing waste is not safe nor environmentally friendly. Pumping the waste deep down into the earth at nuclear dump sites may resolve the problem in the short term, but it doesn’t ensure that the waste will not leak in the future.

    So, in short, the process of producing the energy itself is “clean,” but other factors involved in the process may not be so.

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