Nuclear Energy: A Solution to America’s Crises Nuclear Energy to solve our crises? By all means, yes! Nuclear energy helps us in numerous ways. Not only by not harming the environment, but also by aiding the economy, and being a safe method of energy production. One of the most convincing reasons to use nuclear energy is the fact that it greatly helps the environment by not releasing all of the harmful fumes which are released by other methods of energy production, such as the burning of fossil fuels, coal, wood, gasoline, and other similar methods that result in harmful effects on the environment. Nuclear energy relies on nuclear fission, which utilizes a radioactive element, usually uranium. When the atom splits in what is called fission, it produces heat which in turn boils the coolant water around the contained radioactive element. This boiling water is sent to a steam generator, which produces steam, and the steam is sent to a turbine generator, which produces electricity and sends it to a power grid. Nowhere in this process is there involved the releasing of any harmful gases, fumes, etc. into the environment. The only problem that arises from the process of nuclear energy production is disposing of radioactive waste. The area around the radioactive waste can contaminate during the long process of disposal, but, nonetheless, the radioactive waste is eventually disposed of and all is well. Not only does nuclear energy protect the environment itself from the harmful effects of gases and whatnot which are released during most of the various alternative methods of energy production, but it also protects our very own lungs from the inhalation of these harmful fumes. There are quite a few diseases which can result from breathing in too much corrupted air, such as carbon monoxide and such, that nuclear energy productions’ keeping the air clean would give us some long and much-needed help. In the end, the environment is helped more than is hurt in the process of nuclear energy production. Another great detail of nuclear energy is the fact that it saves a great bit of money, which in turn helps boost the economy. Of course, the economy could always use a good boost, and the more nuclear reactors we build, the more it will help our economy in the long run. Sure, it can cost a lot in initial prices to build the actual reactor, but over time, not having to continuously spend money buying resources such as coal, fossil fuels, etc. to keep it running will save a tremendous amount of money for everyone. The feral government spends more than enough money producing oil rigs, drilling for oil, cleaning up oil spills, mining for coal, keeping coal-burning machines in stock. It could definitely use all of the help that would be brought upon it by the use of nuclear reactors. Of course, just building two or three reactors won’t do anything for the economy, however, if the government could invest enough money in nuclear power production for us to be able to build hundreds more of them nationwide, we would get tons of cash put back into the relentless flow of the economy. There would be no more need to make such heavy adjustments to healthcare, taxes, etc. to keep the economy out of the gutter, because we would actually have the money needed for these things. We wouldn’t be wasting all of this money spending it on coal, fossil fuels, gasoline, etc. because we would be relying on nuclear energy - basically a savior to our economy. Sure, the economy would take a pretty big hit for a while from the cost of building the reactors, but over time, it would most certainly build back up and tower over the economy which we currently deal with. Finally, nuclear energy is beneficial because it is more safe than most other methods of energy production. When the energy is being produced through radioactive material and the boiling and steaming of water, there really isn’t any need to worry about oil spills, mine explosions, etc. This means there is no chance of flooding rivers and the ocean with oil, which in turn would cover, kill, and destroy the environment and the animals who inhabit it. However, when we are relying on nuclear energy, there is absolutely no risk of these dangerous situations occurring, which can potentially save the lives of many animals and people.