Sample essay on Nuclear Power:
The debate around the use of nuclear power centers mainly on its safety. Those who support it point to the numerous safeguards and excellent track record it possesses. Those who oppose it tend to take the what-if stance. In the article “Get real: nuclear power is in your future” Allan Kupcis argues that nuclear power is a necessity to maintain “the backbone of any economy” (Kupcis pgr. 5). This is an important debate; however, it tends to bypass a major issue at the heart of nuclear power. The major issue is whether or not limitless energy resources are a good thing for our society and planet. Clearly, new sources are needed in order to maintain the current standard of living in first world countries. Many third world countries are improving steadily, and will soon expect to have the same amount of energy per capita as the more developed countries.
The negative effects of fossil fuel, the primary and currently least expensive energy supply are becoming more obvious. For this reason other sources are being sought. One of those is nuclear power. The problem with a source such as nuclear power lies in the huge amount of energy that can be manufactured with minimal effort, once appropriate facilities are in place. Unlike the aforementioned fossil fuels nuclear plants may only require refueling approximately only once every 18 months to 2 years. The outcome of this is vast amounts of available energy, which society will undoubtedly be able to invent ways to use. It is important that one examine how such resources may alter society. The further people progress beyond nature, the less likely survival becomes if something goes wrong. Each generation of humans leaves an ecological footprint on the earth. This can be taken as a measurement of the damage said generation has inflicted. This footprint has grown exponentially with each new generation, and only now is its true importance being recognized. While nuclear power may help currently, an important question is if it will continue to positively affect human’s impact on the earth in the future. The concept of nuclear power and the vast resources it may provide serve to make people complacent in regards to conservation. This only adds to the danger of what may happen if something doesn’t live up to expectations, or goes wrong. Read more »