Nuclear energy : Pro- Cons.

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Due to the economical and environmental cost of fossil fuels, as well as to the fuels limited supply, people are striving for renewable energy resources, the most promising alternate source of energy is the use of nuclear fusion on the power plants. Nuclear technology is not a newly discovered invention, in fact, it was found by Albert Einstein in 1941. Now, the use of nuclear as a power source have been utilized as keen as possible, In the United States, nuclear power supplies about 15 percent of the electricity overall. And there are more than 400 nuclear power plants around the world, with more than 100 in the United States.

Energy crisis is the today's hottest issue, since the new era of expensive energy could be very difficult for everyone but it will be even more difficult if it is not anticipated. According to an expert, T. E.

Bearden, "the energy crisis is the major world's problem, it is now driving the economies of the world nations" [, 2/06/05]. Presently there is an escalating worldwide demand for electrical power and transportation, much of which depends on fossil fuels and particularly oil or oil products. The resulting demand for oil is expected to increase year by year. Based on the year 12 Heinemann physics book the daily power usage in Victoria, one of the state of Australia is 250000 giga joules. And if we assume 1 tonne of coal can produce 8.76 giga joule of energy, we must provide 115000 tonnes of coal daily. In this rate, how is it possible to provide the coal needed?

Energy production

Energy is produced by the multiple series of reaction, called chain reaction. The main material required to start a reaction is uranium, or also called fuel rods. Why must uranium? Because...