The Effects Of Nuclear Power On Nuclear Energy Essay

1552 Words May 8th, 2015 7 Pages
Following a major earthquake, a 15-metre tsunami disabled the power supply and cooling of three Fukushima Daiichi reactors, causing a nuclear accident on March 11th 2011 that would reintroduce to the world the question of “Should the use of nuclear energy continue?” Fukushima and many other critical junctures since the start of the first nuclear reactor in Idaho, in December 1951, have influenced changing attitudes towards nuclear energy throughout time. Nuclear power is one of the primary sources of energy, it provided over 19% of the total electrical output in the United States alone. (World nuclear association). While at some points of history the world seemed to favor the existence of nuclear energy, the constant negative stigma towards it has continued to exist. This negative perception towards nuclear power will never cease to exist as long as nuclear war continues to be a possibility.
In 1934, Italian Physicist, Enrico Fermi, discovered that atoms could be split when they were bombarded by neutrons, releasing energy. This process is known as Fission. In 1938 Fermi, Einstein, and Bohr realized that they could create a self-sustaining chain reaction from one nuclear reaction. These discoveries would form the foundation to the development of nuclear energy. Like mentioned earlier, the first nuclear reactor for the purpose of providing energy was in December of 1951 in Idaho. Nuclear Power plants works just like any other type of energy.…

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