Atoms for Peace One of the biggest issues we face in the 21st century is how we can produce energy for our rapidly growing energy needs effectively. There are many sources we can obtain energy from to fulfill our needs such as coal, oil, natural gas, nuclear and alternatives like wind, solar, geothermal, hydroelectric, and biofuels but all of these sources have their negatives. Whether it’s the cost of a project, the negative environmental affects, or even the appearance of certain facility. Nuclear energy can be the greatest and most beneficial energy source for the United States. There is no doubt energy is an important resource. We use energy in every aspect of our lives. In the year 2010 the whole world used a total of 511 quadrillion British thermal units of energy and of the 511 quadrillion “The United States' primary energy consumption was nearly 98 quadrillion Btu, nearly 19% of world total primary energy consumption” (U.S. Energy Information Admin.). To put things into perspective 1 quadrillion Btu equals 45 million tons of coal or about 172 million barrels of crude oil. So the United Sates would have used 4.4 billion tons of coal or about 17 billion barrels of crude oil in 2010 alone. As population grows the demand for “energy consumption will grow by 56 percent between 2010 and 2040” (U.S. E.I.A.). With demand expected to grow that much within the next 30 years, it is essential we build a sturdy foundation to prepare us for the future.
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