Nuclear Power Argumentative Essay

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In 1942, the United States military, locked in a bitter conflict with Japan and Germany, began to research the feasibility of atomic weaponry. This so-called “Manhattan Project,” which became a joint effort between the U.S. and Britain, attracted the era’s top nuclear scientists and researchers. On August 6th, 1945, one of the end products of this operation, an atomic bomb nicknamed “Little Boy,” was dropped on the city of Hiroshima in Japan. After the war ended, many of these same scientists went on to research the use of certain radioactive isotopes as a source of energy. From the beginning though, people were skeptical of this new, experimental power source, as for many the word “nuclear” still conjured up images of the carnage in Japan. …show more content…
The only obstacles to nuclear energy’s takeover of the American power industry are the various anti-nuclear activism groups that often attempt to convince citizens of the dangers of nuclear energy, through startling stats and figures that are rarely credible or true. In order for the U.S. to begin this transition, Americans need to disassociate the word “nuclear” with the images of war and destruction caused by America’s atomic bombs in World War II, and start to look forward to a future of inexpensive, clean, and safe energy. The U.S.’ current, limited support of nuclear energy is a positive step towards this, but for real change to become apparent, the government needs to commit to the full support of nuclear power corporations. With continued innovation from these companies, under the support of the federal government, America could put itself on the path towards bettering its’ energy infrastructure. As with anything in government though, change requires citizens to be willing to stand up for what they believe in. In this case, that belief is the expansion of American nuclear