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Plutonium, Our Country's Only Feasible Solution

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Should we begin to manufacture one of the most destructive and infamous

substances on the face on the Earth once again? The engineers say yes, but

the public says no. The United States stopped making this element with the

ban on manufacturing nuclear weapons. But with the continuing problem with

our ever diminishing energy sources, some want us to begin using more

nuclear energy and less energy from natural resources. This paper is going

to discuss what plutonium is, the advantages and disadvantages of its use,

and why we should think about restarting our production of this useful


After the United States dropped "Fat Man" and "Little Boy" on Japan ending

World War II, the public has had some type of understanding about the

power of plutonium and its devastating properties, but that is all anyone


After WWII, Americans started to think about what the atomic bomb could do

to the U.S. and its people. When anyone mentioned plutonium or the word

"nuclear" the idea of Hiroshima or Nagasaki being destroyed was the first

thing people thought about. No one could even ponder the idea that it

could be used for other more constructive things like sources of energy or

to kept a person's heart beating. Then we started to build more reactors

and produce more of the substance but mostly for our nuclear weapons


Along with reactors, sometimes comes a meltdown which can produce harmful

effects if it isn't controlled quickly enough. After such instances as the

Hanford, Washington reactor meltdown and the accident in the U.S.S.R. at

the Chernobyl site, no one wanted to hear about the use of plutonium. The

United States government banned nuclear testing and also ended the

production of plutonium.(Ref. 5)   Now we are in a dilemma.

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