Nuclear Power And Nuclear Energy Essay

1156 Words Dec 12th, 2016 5 Pages
Nuclear Energy has been around since WWII and is still here today, but for a comparably clean and enormous power source it is oddly missing from modern power. While nuclear energy does supply a decent portion of the world’s energy supply, it should be in much larger use if it is a good energy source. The truth is that nuclear energy does have some issues. Are these issues enough to keep us from using it to its full potential? To determine this, it takes an advanced understanding of how nuclear power works and where it started. “On December 2, 1942, at 3:25 p.m. Chicago time, the first self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction was initiated and controlled. The success of the experiment was mainly due to Enrico Fermi.” Fermi was an Italian physicist in the Manhattan Project. His work on the first nuclear reactor gained him the title “architect of the nuclear age.” His work started the more peaceful part of the atomic age. Others in the Manhattan Project worked on the nuclear bomb. The nuclear bomb is almost the exact opposite of a reactor. A bomb takes life while a reactor provides the energy to sustain life. This contrast in usage shows just how powerful nuclear energy can be. The U.S. Government’s militaristic ambitions took nuclear reactors in the wrong direction. Government support for nuclear projects didn’t go to Fermi’s reactor. The government continued to fund nuclear weapons and a new navy powered by nuclear technology. The new navy provided another opportunity for…

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