Nuclear Energy And Nuclear Power Essay

1011 Words Aug 4th, 2015 null Page
With the whirlwind of controversy revolving around the current issue of the release of carboniferous emissions, greenhouse emissions, and the rapid increase in global temperature it is very imperative to pursue other means of efficient, clean , and renewable resources before we reach the state of decline. In other words we should sway away from the abundant usage of fossil fuels and recognize the benefits of other energy sources that will help economically and environmentally preserve the planet for future generations. There are various nations that have already shown very promising results from the transition from fossil fuels to the utilization of nuclear power. For example France derives about 75% of its electricity from nuclear energy, due to a long-standing policy based on energy security (source). If they can do it why can’t we? For those of you who aren 't familiar with how nuclear energy works it consist of a radioactive isotope and water. The unstable isotope or compound is put into a nuclear reactor and undergoes a nuclear process known as nuclear fission, where it breaks down and releases energy which increases the temperature of the water turning it into steam. The steam then turns the turbine and the turbine creating mechanical energy that allows the generator creating energy. Now the question posed is, “what happens to the isotope after it is broken down?” There are three possibilities; if the isotope is stable it can reused in what are known as breeder…

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