Essay on Nuclear Power And Nuclear Energy

1220 Words Nov 19th, 2016 5 Pages
Simply by hearing the word nuclear people immediately steer away from the topic or dismiss it entirely. The word is tied to death and destruction but over all else fear. We think of the atomic bombs the U.S. dropped on Japan. We think of Chernobyl, Three Mile Island, and most recently Fukishima. All three melted down leaving destruction and untold consequences in their wake. Although these events were indeed disasters, they were cause by unknown factors and were the worst case scenario; Yet these were isolated incidents and don’t represent what nuclear energy is or can be. Nuclear energy can be clean, affordable, renewable, and safe and should be considered as a positive source of energy more often. Nuclear energy was finally instituted in the 1960’s during the cold war. At the time two separate concepts were pitched on how to build a nuclear reactor. The first is the basic nuclear reactor that most nuclear power plants use today. Such as Chernobyl, Three Mile Island, and Fukishima. The second reactor that was created is called the molten salt nuclear reactor. To this day the second reactor still is yet to exist. Basic nuclear reactors produce weapons grade uranium and plutonium which is used in nuclear bombs. In the height of the cold war the U.S. government opted for this option in preparation for nuclear war and the molten salt nuclear reactor faded into the past as a distant memory. For over 50 years the world has accepted the basic nuclear reactor despite the changing…

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