The Affects of Nuclear Energy
There is a lot of controversy on the use of nuclear energy. There are many advantages and disadvantages regarding the use of this powerful source of electricity. This is definitely a source that should be used in moderation and discretion. It can be very useful but also very destructive in the hands of the wrong people.
There are several nations in the world that hold enough nuclear power to destroy every human on the face of the earth and then destroy the earth itself. The United States and Russia ranking at the top, posses more that 51,000 nuclear weapons between them both. What makes nuclear energy so dangerous? Once a nuclear weapon is detonated, radiation is produced and released, possibly making humans sick or even killing them. I recently watched a movie, Stealth, where a navy pilot was considering bombing a town near Siberia, but because of the rapid spread of radiation that would be produced, killing thousands, they decided to abort that mission.
An example of the destruction of nuclear energy was at the Three Mile Island nuclear plant located in Pennsylvania, where radiation leaked causing many people to evacuate, but fortunately no one was killed or injured. Another example was in Russia (1986), at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. Proceeding the leakage many workers became sick and some even died with many fearing the future of cancer.
Nuclear reactors also have potential waste disposal difficulties. The waste can produce a large amount of radiation when being disposed. When storing this, a special place or ‘cooling pool’ near the reactor is created.
However, among the disadvantages of nuclear energy, there are some advantages of this great supply: Nuclear energy is inexpensive opposed to oil which is quite costly. The world contains a small amount of oil resources, but with the supply of nuclear energy, electricity could be provided where and when other resources were unavailable. Uranium, being a key...