Nuclear Power History

1685 Words 7 Pages
The world runs on energy. Very few of us would be alive today if it weren 't for the creation of electricity, a creation that has not only changed the world, but is the first technology to bring us beyond. It has quite literally powered everything since the second industrial revolution. With the strong demand by humans to secure energy came the strong desperation to obtain more of it. We quickly needed it for almost every aspect of modern society.
Technology spurs from desperation. We quickly started obtaining energy from anything that we could. Steam, coal, wind, solar, and nuclear were all options on the table for harnessing energy. The technology of harnessing electricity has been advancing ever since we discovered any way to benefit from
…show more content…
There are many more places in the world where nuclear power is used and misused. The technology is out there for all to look on to. The question for the future is ‘How will they use it?’ On a large scale there and many different viewpoints in how we should handle this technology that has, and will, change the world. Many places are just getting started on their nuclear embankments and others have signed peace treaties and ceased their destructive uses for these harsh elements. These elements still hold great use in the means of producing electricity. I chose to focus on the United States due to the fact they were the early pioneers of this technology, and are the only ones to use it for all uses we have come up with so far. This paper is meant not only to question the use of nuclear technologies but all technologies. All things created are a double edged sword.
Fire is the byproduct of a chemical reaction. The most basic chemical reaction taught in high school chemistry is combustion. Heat, steam, and pressure are where the very roots of man’s need for electricity came from. Today Americans need roughly 54 barrels of oil a year for every person in the nation. This is clearly not a sustainable path to go down as a planet. We need to find a sustainable solution that will save all of
…show more content…
Only 1.38% of Little boy actually exploded, the spent fuel of the explosion was only .7 grams. That is only 8.75x10^-6 grams per person, uranium was valuable. All prior nuclear research lead up to that moment, the moment when the trilogy suceded. From there the United States began offering great incentives into the nuclear power industries. They needed more uranium, they needed more ‘power’.
It has been roughly 53 years (as of March 10th 2015) since the last nuclear weapon test by the United States. The United States still has 1054 nuclear warheads that have yet to be dismantled under the “Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty”. It is unlikely that these will ever be removed due to politics. But these natural elements still have a place in the homes of many Americans; supplying power. One more problem still lied unaddressed about these nuclear facilities, waste. As with everything man-made it is subject to decay and waste.
“All energy goes to its least successful state” is a prominent law in physics. The trouble with this is it means that uranium will become waste too. When radioactive material stops being useful in facilities it is still harmful to the environment, even more so than when it came to the facilities. There seems to be no way to return it to a safe state so we

Related Documents