This paper discusses nuclear power as a source of energy.
# 145810 | 1,100 words | 13 sources | APA | 2010 |
Published on Nov 28, 2010 in Environmental Studies (Economics and Policy) , Environmental Studies (Air Pollution) , Environmental Studies (Environmental Problems) , Hot Topics (Global Warming)
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In this article, the writer discusses that nuclear power offers a reasonable, although imperfect and short-term solution to the dependence on fossil fuels for electricity. The writer notes that fossil fuels are unsurpassed in terms of their ability to power the standard internal combustion engine, and fossil fuels are also used in manufacturing in ways nuclear power cannot be used. The writer maintains that wind, solar, and other non-polluting potential sources for electricity offer the cleanest hope for a sustainable and safe future. The writer concludes that until totally clean sources of energy can provide for the abundant needs of Britain and the rest of the world, nuclear power will remain a key part of the total power package.
From the Paper:"Creating nuclear power is relatively simple and astonishingly powerful in the scope of its applications. The atom bomb, with its characteristic mushroom cloud, is as much a product of nuclear power as the light bulbs in our kitchen. Nuclear power was in fact first discovered in the early 20th century and military applications became immediately apparent. By 1956, the first commercial, electricity-producing nuclear power plant became operational in Cumbria.
"The main source of nuclear power is uranium, a naturally occurring element that like coal must be mined. Mining uranium poses a set of social and environmental problems similar to the excavation of any ore or coal. Plutonium and other elements can also produce energy when their atoms are split, but uranium remains the most common element used in nuclear power production. Nuclear fission is the primary process upon which nuclear power generation is based: an atom is split up into its constituent parts and the result is an unstable state inherently charged with energy."
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