Speach On Nuclear Weapons

Essay by Jim BleahHigh School, 12th gradeA+, February 1997

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bleah, persuasive speach.. shrug

In our society, nuclear energy has become one of the most criticized

forms of energy by the environmentalists. Thus, a look at nuclear energy

and the environment and its impact on economic growth.

Lewis Munford, an analyst, once wrote, 'Too much energy is as fatal as

too little, hence the regulation of energy input and output not its

unlimited expansion, is in fact one of the main laws of life.' This is

true when dealing with nuclear power. Because our societies structure and

processes both depend upon energy, man is searching for the most efficient

and cheapest form of energy that can be used on a long term basis. And

because we equate power with growth, the more energy that a country uses, -

the greater their expected economic growth. The problem is that energy is

considered to have two facets or parts: it is a major source of man-made

repercussions as well as being the basis of life support systems.

Therefore, we are between two sections in which one is the section of

'resource availability and waste', and the other 'the continuity of life

support systems pertinent to survival.'

Thus, the environmentalists believe that nuclear energy should not be

used for various reasons. First of all, the waste product, i.e. plutonium,

is extremely radioactive, which may cause the people who are working or

living in or around the area of storage or use, to acquire leukemia and

other cancers. They also show how billions of dollars are spent yearly on

safety devices for a single reactor, and this still doesn't ensure the

impossibility of a 'melt down.' Two examples were then given of Chernobyl

and Three Mile Island, in 1979, when thousands of people were killed and

incapacitated. Finally, the environmentalists claim...