Nuclear Power Is The Future Essay

1563 Words Apr 28th, 2015 7 Pages
Nuclear Power is the Future Since the 1960’s humans have been trying to solve the puzzle of providing energy to all people cheaply, efficiently, and with minimum harmful effects to the environment. In the words of Franklin D. Roosevelt, “The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much it is whether we provide enough for those who have little.” (brainyquote.com), the solution to providing affordable, clean electricity to all of humanity lies in nuclear power. Nuclear power should replace the need for all other forms of energy because the power plants deliver more energy, are better for the environment, and generate less waste than any other form of power.
Nuclear reactors work by boiling water into steam using a fuel (uranium 235, or 238). This fuel goes through fission which means that the uranium atom absorbs a neutron, this process then breaks the uranium into two smaller atoms which releases more neutrons. These neutrons then create a domino effect that repeats the process all over again with more uranium. The splitting of the uranium lets off a great amount of heat which is used to heat the water into steam. This steam is then put through a generator which creates electricity, specifically around twenty percent of the United States’ electricity (Duke Energy, How Do Nuclear Plants Work?). All other forms of generating power pale in comparison to the energy density of enriched uranium. “For example, one…

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