Alternatives to fossil fuel: Nuclear Energy

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Nuclear Energy: Advantages: virtually inexhaustible supply. Disadvantages: expensive, can be unsafe, hard to dispose of waste. Provides 20% of world’s electricity, 8% of US, 80% of France. Manhattan Project: created atomic weapons during WWII ’41-’46 under Roosevelt, led by Oppenheimer, cost $2 billion ($24 billion today), produced 2 weapons

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ALTERNATIVE ENERGYAlternatives to fossil fuel:Nuclear EnergyAdvantages: virtually inexhaustible supplyDisadvantages: expensive, can be unsafe, hard to dispose of wasteProvides 20% of worlds electricity, 8% of US, 80% of FranceManhattan Project: created atomic weapons during WWII 41-46 under Roosevelt, led by Oppenheimer, cost $2 billion ($24 billion today), produced 2 weapons (Hiroshima, Nagasaki)After WWII, nuclear used to generate power, first plant opened in 1954, led by Lewis StraussOperates like a coal plant (generates steam to turn turbines), but heat comes from nuclear fission1 kg uranium fission = same energy as 16 metric tons of coalHeavy metal radioactive elements used (uranium and plutonium)Uranium-235 isotope: found in 1% concentration in natural uranium, rest is U238. Has to be enriched in order to be used (removal of U238 3% U235 suitable for energy, 90% U235 needed for weapons)Plutonium-239: not found in nature, created by a breederFree neutrons are fired into nucleus of atoms, they take on the nucleus for a split second, become unstable, and split, creating energyOlympic Dam mine, Australia underground mining takes Uranium ore, crushes it into powder, and soaks it in lake. The soaking poisoned the drinking water and is killing animals. Its owned by BP.Fission nuclear reaction, nucleus splits into smaller, lighter parts, producing free neutrons and photons in the form of gamma rays, nuclear energy uses a

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