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  • Anonymous Letter On The Issue Of Nuclear Waste - 666 words
    Dear U.S. Citizen, Hello my name is ; I am a student at . I am writing this letter in hope that I will cast some light on a very important decision that will affect you and your family. There is a bill in Congress right now that, if passed, will allow for nuclear waste to be transported through forty-three states, endangering most of the U.S. population, on its way to a general holding facility in Yucca Mountain located in Nevada. The government needed to find a place to store the nations nuclear waste. They chose the Yucca Mountain because it is not too close to human population. This site would be safer then what is being done with the waste now. Currently the waste is kept stuffed in sm ...
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  • Nuclear Waste Disposal - 1,481 words
    Nuclear Waste and the Effects on Human Life By Mike Amsler BS 103-08 Statement of the issue: Nuclear waste is a growing concern in the Untied States and throughout the world today. Even right now as I type this paper Congress is debating as to allow nuclear waste to be stored in Yucca Mountain in Nevada. This debate in Congress will help decide the way that the Untied States deals with nuclear waste issues in the future. Nuclear waste is hazardous to human life. It contains many harmful chemicals that could hurt life. Nuclear waste could even disrupt or genetics and cause mutations in human life forms. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has identified four different cate ...
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  • Nuclear Warfare - 1,275 words
    The effects caused by a nuclear power accident, on the scale of the April 26, 1986 Chernobyl accident, must override any inclination to side with advocates for nuclear power. Surely we have all heard the expression Im only human. If we are indeed only human, and consequently prone to error, we could never perfectly manage and contain an energy as potentially destructive as that of nuclear power, without the possibility of a nuclear accident. Furthermore, the wastes generated by nuclear power, when inadvertently released during a nuclear power accident, have been proven to cause malignant diseases and premature death to those who come into contact with them. Additionally, the vegetation threa ...
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  • The Russian Navy - 1,623 words
    The White Sea and the Barents Sea have been of importance to the Russian merchant fleet ever since the 15th century. Because of this, Russias Navy has always been an important part of the Russian Military. The matter of access to ice free harbors in the north became even more important after Germany became a significant naval power in the Baltic Sea. Events during World War I increased the importance of the Kola Peninsula to Russia very much. The Kola Peninsula and the White sea played an vital role in the movement of military supplies to Russia. A naval force dedicated especially to the northern region was established shortly after the outbreak of World War I. This fleet is now know as The ...
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  • How Pollution Affects Us And Our Enviornment - 916 words
    A. Who makes up most of the pollution B. Who and what is harmed by pollution Conclusion: We need to use renewable resources and finding uses for waste products instead of creating pollution by throwing them out. Our environment is a crucial part of our lives, and we must learn how to treat it correctly. Without it we would not be living. We need to become more aware of the circumstances that are going to take place if action is not taken . We need to stop making emphasis on what will make us more comfortable, because if we dont soon we will not have a world to live in and we will all die. Then how important will living comfortable be. How Pollution Affects Us and Our Surroundings Pollution o ...
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  • Plate Tectonics - 1,408 words
    Field Guide to Geology A 6 page book report on "The Field Guide to Geology" by David Lambert. Lambert is known for his clear and unique style of cataloging information so that laymen can readily understand the subject. This book is no exception to that rule. It is a very clear and concise introduction to the world of geology, written in easy to understand language. He covers subjects such as the earth's crust, volcanoes, rocks in general, deformed and altered earth, soil, rivers that shape the land, the oceans, ice and air, and the general combined study of geology. No additional sources cited. RAgeolo.wps Influence of Geology on Human Civilization A 5 page research paper that examines how g ...
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  • Ghandi - 1,102 words
    ... rica as well as in India. He used the time in jail to think and plan other actions. He also used the time to think about how he could help the Untouchables. He was a religious man and believed in casts but he did not think that God wanted Untouchables not to have rights. He went for long walks through India to collect money for the Untouchables and he fought for their rights his whole life. He also fought for the peaceful understanding of different religions. When fights broke out between Hindus and Moslems he tried to talk to them and when that did not help he started to fast which he did a lot of times in his life. Once he nearly fasted to death when Hindus and Moslems fought against e ...
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  • Nuclear Energy - 585 words
    When dealing with the world's present sources of energy, the two most popular forms are nuclear and energy by fossil fuels. How long will these supplies last? Are they the most effective? Is it harmful to the environment? All of these questions must be addressed. Below is a description of how these sources produce energy. What exactly is nuclear energy? We talk about it all the time, but what is it? Nuclear energy is energy that is obtained by splitting the nuclei of atoms. The atoms of most elements are stable; they never change. Some elements, however, have nuclei that under certain conditions can be split up. This process is known as nuclear fission. When fission takes place, very large a ...
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  • Atomicb - 2,883 words
    ... of more than 90%."(Grolier 5) This Uranium was then transported to "the Los Alamos, N. Mex., laboratory headed by J. Robert Oppenheimer."(Grolier 5) "Oppenheimer was the major force behind the Manhattan Project. He literally ran the show and saw to it that all of the great minds working on this project made their brainstorms work. He oversaw the entire project from its conception to its completion."(Outlaw 3) Once the purified Uranium reached New Mexico, it was made into the components of a gun-type atomic weapon. "Two pieces of U-235, individually not large enough to sustain a chain reaction, were brought together rapidly in a gun barrel to form a supercritical mass that exploded instan ...
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  • C S Lewis And Natural Law - 2,216 words
    ... (Abolition46) The Magician's Nephew, the tale of the creation of Narnia, givesus two characters who exemplify the Controllers--Jadis and Uncle AndrewKetterley. Both claimed to be above Natural Law; they had "a high andlonely destiny." Jadis was a monarch and Uncle Andrew was a magician,but both were strongly suggestive of modern science gone wrong. They bothheld that common rules are fine for common people, but that singular greatpeople must be free-to experiment without limits in search of knowledge,to seize power and wealth. The result was cruelty and destruction. In contrast,the wise men of old had sought to conform the soul to reality, and the resulthad been knowledge, Two examples ...
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  • Ethics Essay - 1,874 words
    This paper will discuss the moral and ethical issues concerning how and why Locally Undesirable Land Uses (LULUs) and Treatment, Storage and Disposal Facilities (TSDFs) are located. A LULU, or TSDF, can be a power plant, a munitions factory, a county landfill, a medical waste incinerator, a hazardous waste storage facility, a military base, an airport or any number of other facilities that people need, but do not want to live next to. The siting of these types of facilities is thought to be driven by either racism or market forces. The reason the siting of these facilities is thought to be racist is based in the fact that a majority of these facilities are located in communities that have a ...
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  • Ethics Essay - 1,824 words
    ... o stay in the county. Other residents oppose the facility due to the inherent dangers of nuclear radiation. The Western Governors Association web site stated the following objective for their transportation program: The objective of the Western Governors' Association Radioactive Waste Program is the safe and uneventful transport of waste from temporary storage facilities to more suitable treatment and storage facilities. Western Governors recognize development of a successful transportation program requires cooperation among the western states, the U.S. Department of Energy and Transportation, and any private shippers of radioactive waste. A transportation safety and information program ...
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  • How Do Your Politicians Really Feel About The Environment - 1,558 words
    Through my research I have come to the decision that Senator Robert Torricelli stands negative on environmental issues and Representative Frank LoBiondo stands positive on environmental issues according to their voting records. It is my finding that Senator Robert Torricelli tends to vote for issues that are more people friendly such as laws that would keep or create more jobs. He cares about health issues such as clean water and air but when it comes to things like preserving environmental habitat he is hesitant on voting the environmentally friendly way. Therefore I can say I feel that Senator Robert Torricelli stands negative on environmental issues. I have also found that Representative ...
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  • Nuclear Power Plants - 590 words
    Nuclear Power has its advantages and disadvantages. However it is a lot safer than most people think. The chances of a meltdown or a radiation leak are extremely small. There are many safety features, which make nuclear power one of the safest electricity sources. And every nuclear power plant is protected with thick layers of steel and concrete. Nuclear power is also very environmentally friendly. It produces hardly any air pollution, and it releases less radiation into the atmosphere than coal-burning power plants. What is nuclear Power? Nuclear energy was first used in 1956. It is the result of nuclear fission. Nuclear fission is the process in which atoms are split and energy is released ...
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  • Environmental Science - 2,306 words
    Human kind has entered a brand new relationship with the earth. The constant and increasing pressures we are exerting threaten our planets ability to sustain life itself. Change-in the way we think , and in the way we live-is needed now. Global warming is the most urgent environmental problem the world will face in the next decade and the next century. Few, if any, trends are more important to our future than climate change caused by human activities. Scientist around the world are warning us that global warming poses a major threat to our future quality of life, previously there has been little information on this problem. Right now, the rate of global warming may be 100 times faster than i ...
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  • Nuclear Powers Benifeit - 508 words
    The question of energy use in the world is one which posses many conflicting views. There are so many different arguments that my personal view is one that changes with every article I read. In the most recent readings regarding nuclear power and its pros and cons I have been led to the opinion that nuclear energy is necessary to the survival of a world that has an increasing need for energy. The worlds fossil fuels will eventually diminish or become way too expensive due to supply and demand. I feel it is vital to research nuclear energy so when the time dawns the situation will be in a stable and advanced stage. The article by Bertram Wolf supporting nuclear energy had some good points in ...
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  • Keeping Nuclean Energy Out Of Society - 1,869 words
    In 1986, the head of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission gave this statement. Even if there was this type of accident every year I would consider nuclear power a valid source of energy. The statement came from the man responsible for the safety of nuclear power plants throughout the United States following the Chernobyl accident, which was the worst nuclear accident in the world so far (Hodgson and Marignne 5). Nuclear Energy came into use in 1953. Rather simply, when one of the atoms of fuel in a nuclear reactor absorbs a neutron, the atom sends of two pieces, which will cause two more atoms to split. The split atom also creates fission particles that create ten million times as much heat whe ...
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  • Ronald Reagan - 869 words
    Ronald Reagan was the fortieth president of the United States. The Republican served two terms during his presidency, after a career as being and actor, and governor of California. His first election he won against Jimmy Carter in 1980. In 1984, against former vice president Walter F Mondale, Reagan won in a landslide with 525 electoral votes, more than any other presidential candidate in the nations history. As Chief of State Reagan was a great example to the country on what a citizen should be. He brought back the trumpeters that announced the President and First Lady and also greeted foreign leaders. An example is when he met defected Polish ambassador Spasowski in December of 1982. Reaga ...
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  • Plutonium: 'our Country's Only Feasible Solution' - 1,135 words
    ... our foes use it against the United States. Now that we are at the hands of the Non-proliferation Treaty and the Test Ban Treaty, we no longer can make and/or test nuclear weapons.(ref. 5) This should help end ideas about nuclear war and other disadvantages to having plutonium in other countrys' supplies. Now that we have recognized three important uses for Plutonium and that the threat of nuclear war is no longer as feasible as before, we should recognize the disadvantages of this great energy source. They mostly have to do with excess waste and health effects from the use of nuclear energy. In 1986, a reactor located in Russia at the Chernobyl power plant had a meltdown and radiation e ...
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  • Environment Response - 864 words
    All around America, there are many examples of Federalism involving environmental protection and preservation. Often, states will take care of small situations or those that are situated in their state only. However sometimes, issues get too big or too important to be resolved by the state governments alone, so the federal government involves themselves. Because of our current political system, the federal government is dominant over the states rule. Things like Evergladess revitalization, Chesapeake Bay cleanup/ protection, and toxic waste storage in the Yucca Mountains can be handled by the states since the territories are in the states themselves. Be that as it may, the territories are al ...
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