Proposal +5 – Dupreeh

For my research paper I will be tackling the issue with reducing the carbon emission generated by forms of power that utilize fossil fuels. As time goes by global warming and carbon emission have become a major problem in society. I will be researching the effect of utilizing the use of more nuclear power plants to reduce carbon emission in energy production instead of using fossil fuels that produce a large amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Through my research my goal is to examine how society can achieve a completely carbon free power grid and how nuclear power can be a key component in solving this issue.

Society may argue that renewable sources are enough to reduce carbon emission and stop using fossil fuels for power generation. I intend to research why just using renewable sources are not consistent enough to provide enough electricity for the growing power use in the word. Instead I intend to research how the use of nuclear power along side renewable sources can help reduce carbon emissions in the power industry.

Hybrid nuclear-renewable energy systems: A review

Background: This article explores the relationship between energy and climate change. The article explains how renewable sources cannot sufficiently produce enough energy on their own. Instead the article purposes that both nuclear and renewable sources should be utilized.

How I intend to use it: I Intend to use this to explain why using strictly renewable sources of energy will prove to be inefficient to produce the words energy. The article explains that society must move away from sources of energy that releases a large amount of greenhouse gases. But explains the issues with using strictly renewable sources like wind, and solar.

Role of nuclear energy to a future society of shortage of energy resources and global warming

Background: This article tackles the issue of global warming and the words energy consumption. The author explains how fossil fuels are limited and how they emit large amounts of Carbon Dioxide into the atmosphere. The article explains that nuclear energy will be a key component in reducing Carbon Dioxide emission and to keep up with the growing energy consumption.

How I intend to use it: I Intend to use this article to explain how global warming and energy consumption will continue to become a major issue if energy sources that emit carbon dioxide are continued to be used. The article explains that nuclear energy will be a key role in reducing carbon emission. Which will help me argue that nuclear power plants are necessary.

The benefits of nuclear flexibility in power system operations with renewable energy

Background: This article explains how nuclear power plants can be operated at a mode that is not at maximum capacity instead regulated, because nuclear power plants can operate at different levels of production. It claims that nuclear power plants operated at not maximum capacity are a lot safer than normal nuclear plants. This article explains that these plants should be operated alongside renewable sources of energy to obtain low carbon emissions.

How I Intend to use it: I Intend to use the information in this article to explain and argue how nuclear energy can be utilized in a carbon emission free power system. I will also use it to explain how nuclear reactors can be operated at different production levels to make them safer and less expensive to maintain.

Going nuclear for climate mitigation: An analysis of the cost effectiveness of preserving existing U.S. nuclear power plants as a carbon avoidance strategy

Background: This article explains the amount of carbon-free energy being produced by current nuclear power plants in the united states and explains that many of these plants are at risk of “premature retirement.” The article explains that the retirement of power plants would increase carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. The article also explores that the price of nuclear power outweighs the social cost of carbon dioxide emissions.

How I intend to use it: I intend to use this article to explain that nuclear power plants already provide a large amount of carbon-free energy and by utilizing nuclear more we can eliminate the use of carbon emitting sources. I will use this article to argue the price of nuclear power plants is not as expensive as society believes it to be.

Improving Nuclear Power Plant Safety with FeCrAl Alloy Fuel Cladding

Background: This article explains that nuclear energy is extremely reliable and a clean way of producing energy. But the article focuses on explaining the development of a new a safer fuel to enhance accident prevention. The use of this new full called FeCrAl will allow nuclear power plants to operate with a lower risk of failure and will be ultimately safer.

How Intend to use it: I intend to use this article to explain that nuclear power is becoming a lot safer than society believes it to be. With the development of a new fuel called FeCrAl nuclear reactors will be able to operate with less risk of failure. I will use this article to argue how this fuel makes it safer and explain how disasters are less likely to happen because of technological advancements.

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3 Responses to Proposal +5 – Dupreeh

  1. davidbdale says:

    Dupreeh, with your permissions, I’d like to use your Proposal as a Writing Lesson in the category: Reducing your draft to its essential claims.

    Your First Draft (178 words)

    —1. For my research paper I will be tackling the issue with reducing the carbon emission generated by forms of power that utilize fossil fuels.
    —2. As time goes by global warming and carbon emission have become a major problem in society.
    —3. I will be researching the effect of utilizing the use of more nuclear power plants to reduce carbon emission in energy production instead of using fossil fuels that produce a large amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
    —4. Through my research my goal is to examine how society can achieve a completely carbon free power grid and how nuclear power can be a key component in solving this issue.
    —5. Society may argue that renewable sources are enough to reduce carbon emission and stop using fossil fuels for power generation.
    —6. I intend to research why just using renewable sources are not consistent enough to provide enough electricity for the growing power use in the world.
    —7. Instead I intend to research how the use of nuclear power along side renewable sources can help reduce carbon emissions in the power industry.

    Sentences reduced to claims:
    1. Power generation using fossil fuels emits [too much] carbon.
    2. Carbon emission causes [too much] global warming
    3. Nuclear power plants to emit less carbon into the atmosphere.
    4. Hypothesis: More nuclear power can help us achieve a carbon-free power grid.
    5. Hypothesis: Renewable sources alone might replace fossil fuels.
    6. Renewable sources are not consistent.
    7. Hypothesis: Nuclear + Renewables could get us to zero carbon emissions.

    Second Draft (79 words)

    The world seems ready to admit that generating electricity by burning fossil fuels emits so much carbon into the atmosphere that we are dangerously warming the planet. Some suggest we can eliminate carbon emissions by switching to renewable energy production, but wind and solar are not consistent. I will test the hypothesis that building more nuclear power plants (which emit no carbon and are VERY consistent) to supplement renewables can achieve a reliable power grid with zero carbon emissions.

    As such, you have a perfectly arguable hypothesis.
    What do you think?

  2. davidbdale says:

    While I was working on the language of your Proposal, I found this link WordPress provided to a “related” blogpost titled “Geoengineering: Let’s Not Get It Back to Front,” a review and critique of a book by Holly Jean Buck called “After Geoengineering,” which the Sierra Club has also considered in a post titled “Is Geoengineering a Solution to Global Warming?” Whew.

    If for any reason the hypothesis that solar and wind plus nuclear fails to work out for you, you might consider a new argument that recommends TAKING CARBON OUT of the atmosphere by a variety of techniques. (It would probably appeal to big corporate interests who are heavily invested in fossil fuels and therefore might be easier for governments to legislate.) Just a thought. (It would currently qualify as counterintuitive because the common knowledge insists we have to stop putting carbon into the atmosphere while the book suggests the solution might be taking it out.)

  3. davidbdale says:

    I’m impressed that you’ve gathered a collection of entirely academic sources, Dupreeh. There’s no reliance here on opinionated blog posts by advocates of any obvious commercial theory or political agenda. I appreciate your willingness to do the necessary work of considering the hard science of the question and drawing your own conclusions. I do hope you’ll remain open to surprise and follow the evidence where it leads instead of reading TO PROVE a hypothesis. The ideal research project is the one that strives instead to report WHATEVER THE FACTS TURN OUT TO BE.

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