Nuclear Energy : Nuclear Power Essay

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When one hears the words ‘nuclear power’ they are immediately offset with images of Fukushima, Chernobyl, and Hiroshima and Nagasaki. These were agreeably a few devastatingly deadly and lasting disasters involving nuclear energy. With newer technologies and processes such as the use of nuclear fission, however, harnessing nuclear energy has become a safe practice. The global climate and overall health of the world is shifting toward the worse, and humanity only has itself to blame. It is time that society sets its fears aside and paves the way for the most effective, and ethical energy alternative for the sake of its beautiful home, Earth. Nuclear fission energy has the potential to power the entire world in a way that is clean, sustainable, and energy-prolific.
Nuclear power can be generated through two ways: fusion and fission. Harnessing energy through nuclear fusion means, in simpler terms, combining two atoms, particularly plutonium or uranium, into one. The result from this process is hard to control, and is therefore much harder to harness energy from. Nuclear fission constitutes the splitting of one plutonium or uranium atom into two. As postulated by Ernest Rutherford in 1911, “The atoms of matter must consequently be regarded as containing enormous stores of energy which are only released by the disintegration of atoms” (Bodansky, 27). The energy released from the nucleus is called kinetic energy, which is energy simply generated from a lot of movement. This heat…

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