The Energy Source Of Nuclear Power

1003 Words May 6th, 2015 5 Pages
Nuclear Power
It is no question that the US is incredibly reliant on energy. In 2014 alone, the US used 98.324 quadrillion BTUs of energy. According to the US Energy Information Administration, Roughly 82% of that was fossil fuels. Renewable resources accounted for 10%, including solar, wind, hydroelectric, and more, and the remaining 8% was nuclear power. This energy powered our televisions and drove our cars. Unfortunately, our reliance on fossil fuels brings with it serious side effects, including global warming. When fossil fuel is burned, greenhouse gases are released. These gases harm the environment and contribute to global warming. Global warming can have serious side effects, including melting of the polar ice caps, and acidification of oceans. Because of these issues, a new industry took shape; alternative energy. These energy sources are alternatives to fossil fuels, and do not cause pollution. One powerful alternative energy source is nuclear power. Nuclear power should be used to replace fossil fuels, as it does not pollute and is the most concentrated form of energy.

Fossil fuels, a natural fuel formed from the remains of living organisms, has its benefits. It is easily available, and can produce large amounts of energy. It is abundantly available and is currently necessary to power millions of cars worldwide. It is easy to set up plants, and can be harvested at a very low cost. Unfortunately, these benefits come at a high price. Burning fossil fuels creates…
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