Nuclear power has been use in the last hundred years for the manufacture of nuclear weapons like A-Bombs (atomic bombs) and H-Bombs (hydrogen bombs). Nuclear weapons are weapons of mass destruction. A single weapon is capable of destroying an entire city. In he history of warfare nuclear weapons have been used on two occasions, both during the World War II in Hiroshima when a devise called ‘Little Boy’ was dropped and then three days later one in Nagasaki called ‘Fat Man’.
It is a good idea to possess nuclear weapons if you are a ‘Super Power’. If a country feels threatened it can rely on nuclear weapons to protect them from the enemy. Examples of ‘Nuclear Super Powers’ are USA, Russia, United Kingdom and France.
Nuclear weapons have many disadvantages. Their use can lead to a world crisis as whenever a bomb explodes the lives of millions of people are affected. Nuclear weapons are expensive to manufacture, even though uranium is accessible.
One major disadvantage of nuclear power is that it makes variable amounts of radioactive waste. This waste is causing big problems for the world storage because of its irradiation. The nuclear waste has to be stored over a hundred years and the waste remains hot for thousands of years. Some experts say nuclear energy is cheaper to make, but this is not the entire truth.
Although nuclear power has many disadvantages it can be said that it is necessary only as long as it is used for a good cause. The fossil fuels we are currently using for making energy are some day going to run out so we need other sources. If nuclear power is handled correctly the possibility of an accident is very rare.
Nuclear power is a good substitute to burning fossil fuels for energy as it does not contribute to global warming. At the same time, nuclear weapons not only cause massive destruction, the money that countries invest for the manufacturing and testing of these weapons can be used to feed millions of poor people.