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Salk, Jonathan Mr. Baker ENG 102 2-9-11 Nuclear Power In The United States Every time the word nuclear energy peeks into conversations, eyebrows tend to rise. After the droppings of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the world would never be the same. An article published by Roger Cohen in The New York Times tries to get America’s attention about transforming into a nuclear powered country and how in this day and age, energy changes are needed. Handling nuclear reactions creates nuclear power. By using nuclear fission, which is the process of splitting apart uranium atoms, the power plants can use the fission process by generating heat from fission and producing steam, which is used by a turbine to generate electricity. This process can be very dangerous. In the event of an accident, or a core meltdown, if the reactors were to overheat, the amount of radiation and waste would be harmful and unsuitable for living conditions. Cancerous radiation would contaminate the potential area and cover a large array of space. The article advocates the use of nuclear power plants and avoids informing the audience of the negatives side effects. The article “America Needs France’s Atomic Anne” by Roger Cohen, speaks in regards of getting energy with use of nuclear reactors. The main focus of the article is about how France uses nuclear energy and has a high satisfaction rate with the people, the economy, and the environment. The French nuclear energy company Areva provides about eighty percent of the country’s electricity from fifty-eight nuclear power plants in contrast to America where just twenty percent of electricity comes from nuclear power plants.
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