The Bleak Future of Nuclear Energy
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This paper describes the environmental challenges associated with nuclear power and discusses how they are a direct consequence of the physical process involved with its production. Next, the paper addresses the social effects of nuclear power's more salient purpose as a method to committing mass destruction, and explains how this contributes to a highly speculative future as an energy source. The paper also notes the declining state of so many nuclear facilities due to neglect and public ambivalence and how this has not only diminished the efficiency of this process but has also produced a scenario where a nuclear facility disaster is almost inevitable. In conclusion, the paper predicts that the future of nuclear power is extremely bleak.
From the Paper:"Contrary to oil, nuclear power can be produced to infinitude through the process of fission, diminishing resource dependencies which tend to provoke international conflict, long-term land-transformation and reliance upon inevitably dwindling means of energy production. The process which yields nuclear energy is inherently more efficient than the yielding of fossil fuels, at least with respect to the ability which we possess to stimulate this process. This is distinct from the need to locate and seize finite and often remote lodes of coal or petroleum.
"The primary element used to stimulate the process in the American market nuclear sector is uranium. Uranium is placed in a 'pressurized water reactor' which is then heated to the point of achieving its vapor state. As a steam, the uranium enters a turbine which, when connected to an electrical generator, produces electricity. (NI, 1) The most commonly associated image of the uniquely shaped twin cooling tower is use to cool the steam following the generation process. (NI, 1) The pressurized heating of uranium is responsible for the process known as fission. Here, "the nuclei of the atoms break up; this frees neutrons and releases energy in the form of heat." (QA International, 1)"
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