Nuclear Power And Nuclear Energy

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After the invention of the atomic bomb in WWII, nuclear power has since then been manipulated and harnessed for energy purposes, with the first nuclear power plants built in the 1950s. The first wave of support for nuclear energy as a viable and sustainable source that could lead to energy independence occurred around the early 1970s. After Three Mile Island and Chernobyl occurred in 1979 and 1986, respectively, public support for nuclear energy fell. Concerns of global climate change and pollution lifted the public opinion once again until the Fukushima incident (Moniz). In fairly recent years, the search for a cleaner, more sustainable source of energy has been on the agenda of global leaders as the demand for energy increases. The need for energy independence for many nations has also raised support for nuclear energy, combined with the finite supply of fossil fuels, much of which is not an abundant resource in certain areas of the world. Though having been in existence and in use since the 1950s, nuclear energy is still a highly debated form of energy today largely due to the dangers it may pose as demonstrated with the events of Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, and Fukushima. As the global issues of climate change, pollution, and fossil fuel depletion arise, the need for a sustainable energy source is high on the agenda of many countries; nuclear energy is an option to consider. Though there are many other options of renewable and nonrenewable sources of energy, nuclear

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