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Policy: “Be it resolved that the State of Utah substantially increase its support of nuclear electrical generation within its borders.” Lincoln-Douglas: (Jr. High/Middle School Only) “In the State of Utah, increased support and use of nuclear electrical generation is more desirable than relying only on existing methods of electrical generation.” Breakout Session Title: Nuclear Electricity, the only viable, non-greenhouse, base load electric power supply Presenter Name & Organization: Gary M. Sandquist, PhD, PE, Professor Emeritus, University of Utah Presenter Opinion on the Resolution(s): Although Utah presently depends upon fossil fuels for over 95% of its electrical power, fossil fuels emit greenhouse gases and contribute to air pollution and global climate change. There are three major sources for producing non-greenhouse gas electrical power. These are in order of their contribution: Nuclear, hydro, and renewables (namely wind, solar, and geothermal). Nuclear provides 20% of US base load electricity, hydro provides about 15%, and wind, solar, geothermal and wood less than 3%. Renewables are only available when nature provides the energy (wind and sunshine). However, society functions on a regular daily cycle and we demand our electrical power to conform to this cycle. Key Points / Additional Information: The energy content available from nuclear fuels is about 1 million times that of fossil fuels. Despite the controversy over nuclear waste, the volume of waste requiring disposal is only about one millionth of that for conventional fuels. Currently, renewables are heavily supported by taxpayers at costs greatly exceeding the cost of electricity from fossil fuel, hydro and nuclear. We should allow all sources to compete in a free and unsubsidized market, which is the way in which American capitalism functions best.
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