Nuclear Fission for Future Energy

Nuclear fission is a current, yet still developing method used to create large sums of energy. It is in that manner advantageous, but potential environmental damage and other negative uses rule it out for some as a future source of energy.

In short, nuclear fission works by splitting the nucleus of an atom in a controlled manner. This produces free neutrons and a series of extremely lightweight nuclei. When larger and heavier atoms undergo nuclear fission an exothermic reaction takes place. This means large amounts of heat are released, as well as large amounts of kinetic energy as well. By using this process, incredible amounts of energy are capable of being produced. The nuclear fuel produced by nuclear fission actually maintains millions times more energy than a countering amount of gasoline is capable of storing. This plain and simply shows how much more efficient and productive nuclear fission can be used as an energy source. Because of the energy fission can produce, this makes it a strong combatant as a future energy source. It seems a source of energy efficient to that magnitude would inevitably work its way into a future for energy, especially considering the need for an alternate energy source increases daily.

The reason nuclear fission still remains with an uncertain future is due to two major flaws evident in the process. The first is that nuclear fission is not capable taking place without producing mass amounts of nuclear waste as a product. This nuclear waste is radioactive after it is produced as a byproduct, and will stay radioactive for long periods of time before it can be exposed to anything. Especially considering familiarity with nuclear waste has not reached its peak, producing large amounts of nuclear waste without proper knowledge or disposal techniques could lead to significant environmental damage. Because of this, nuclear fission almost seems hypocritical to be assigned as an alternate energy source to fossil fuels, because it would simply be polluting the planet in an alternate factor.

The next major issue most find with nuclear fission is its explosive and dangerous potential. Increased technology regarding nuclear fission would only alleviate the process of producing nuclear weapons, which is a very controversial subject. Many find this the defining factor that rules nuclear fission out of possible future energy sources. As research and knowledge grow regarding nuclear fission, the process of understanding nuclear weapons and how to produce larger and more powerful weapons would become evident. This is controversial because if the knowledge is available, it is tough to say for sure that it will not be utilized.

In the end nuclear fission has incredible amounts of potential as a future energy source, but due to its relation to nuclear weapons and damage to the environment, remains a very controversial topic with an unclear future.

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