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Saturday, December 30, 2006

More Thoughts on Nuclear Energy

What is the biggest challenge associated with the use of nuclear power?

Unfortunately, the use of nuclear power poses a risk that will not easily be resolved. That risk is global security. As history has taught us, nuclear power can be used as a source of energy or as a deadly weapon. As long as conflicts exist between nations with the capability to produce nuclear energy, that threat will remain. This threat mars the face of scientific progress. Nuclear weapons may ensure the safety of one country, but they jeopardize the well-being of another.


Don't get me wrong, I think that nuclear weapons are a necessary evil, but I am still saddened by the inevitable threat that they will always pose. The Nuclear Information and Resource Service "...aims to educate wider audiences about the connection between nuclear power and nuclear weapons and the parallel pathways to a safer world free from these dual dangers."

For more information, please visit their website at http://www.nirs.org/

What countries encourage further exploration of the peaceful use of nuclear power?

Australia, France, Japan, the Slovak Republic, Austria, Germany, Korea, Spain, Belgium, Greece, Luxembourg, Sweden, Canada, Hungary, Mexico, Switzerland, Czecch Republic, Iceland, Netherlands, Turkey, Denmark, Ireland, Norway, United Kingdom, Finland, Italy, Portugal, and the United States are all members of the Nuclear Energy Agency, the NEA. Together these countries make up about "...85% of the world's installed nuclear power."

The current membership includes "...28 countries, in Europe, North America and the Asia-Pacific region." "The Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) is a specialized agency within the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), an intergovernmental organization of industrialised countries, based in Paris, France."

The NEA's mission "... is to assist its Member countries in maintaining and further developing, through international co-operation, the scientific, technological and legal bases required for the safe, environmentally friendly and economical use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes."
-quotes taken from http://www.nea.fr/html/nea/flyeren.html

In conclusion...

Clearly, nuclear power has both pros and cons. Depending on who you ask, one side will outweigh the other. Many will argue that nuclear energy is cost efficient, while others will counter that it is, in fact, the most expensive means of producing power. I believe that the many proposed benefits of nuclear power are encouraging. While there are many risks involved with the implementation of nuclear power, I feel that the source should be studied further. With time, we may find a solution to issues such as the threat of meltdowns and radition and wate disposal. However, I do not necessarily foresee a resolution to the issue of national and global security being reached after any amount of study. Sadly, dangerous dictators will always aim to turn energy dreams into nuclear nightmares.

5 Comments:

  • At 2:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Interesting commentary. I am curious as to why you think nuclear weapons are a "necessary evil". To me nuclear weapons are an inevitable outcome of the combination of man's intelligence and his barbarism but I scarcely think we need them. Please elaborate.
    -cousin Josh

     
  • At 1:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Very interesting. thanks for sharing Ashley. Good luck!

     
  • At 11:49 AM, Anonymous Lynne Stanley Fisher said…

    Great work, Ashley. I enjoy your well-written, thought-provoking blogs.

     
  • At 5:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Josh,
    We missed you at Christmas. Hope yours was good. The snowboarding picture looks like a lot of fun! Beautiful setting!
    During World War Two, with the United States still at war with an intransigent Japan, from the perspective of President Truman and US military leaders, the new nuclear weapon must have indeed seemed a "necessary evil." "Evil" in its capacity for destruction and death, and "necessary" to spare continued loss of American soldiers' lives and bring the war to an end.
    So then, with the technology available to us (the good guys), the Soviets, who likely considered themselves the good guys, were threatened, and the race was on- self preservation and all. Now that everyone and his cousin (perhaps North Korea and Iran consider themselves the good guys?????) have nuclear capability, it is "necessary" that we all maintain our ability to obliterate those who have the ability to obliterate us. So we all feel more secure, hoping that we scare each other enough to keep our fingers off the button.
    But this digresses from my main point, which is to consider the pros and cons of alternate energy sources.

     
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