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Plutonium Our Countrys Only Feasible SolutionAbstractShould we begin to manufacture one of the most destructive and infamoussubstances on the face on the Earth once again The engineers say yes butthe public says no The United States stopped making this element with theban on manufacturing nuclear weapons But with the continuing problem withour ever diminishing energy sources some want us to begin using morenuclear energy and less energy from natural resources This paper is goingto discuss what plutonium is the advantages and disadvantages of its useand why we should think about restarting our production of this usefulelement After the United States dropped Fat Man and Little Boy on Japan endingWorld War II the public has had some type of understanding about thepower of plutonium and its devastating properties but that is all anyoneheardAfter WWII Americans started to think about what the atomic bomb could doto the US and its people When anyone mentioned plutonium or the wordnuclear the idea of Hiroshima or Nagasaki being destroyed was the firstthing people thought about No one could even ponder the idea that itcould be used for other more constructive things like sources of energy orto kept a persons heart beating Then we started to build more reactorsand produce more of the substance but mostly for our nuclear weaponsprograms Along with reactors sometimes comes a meltdown which can produce harmfuleffects if it isnt controlled quickly enough After such instances as theHanford Washington reactor meltdown and the accident in the USSR atthe Chernobyl site no one wanted to hear about the use of plutonium TheUnited States government banned nuclear testing and also ended theproduction of plutoniumRef 5 Now we are in a dilemma We are in need of future sources of energy to power our nation We arerunning out of coal and oil to run our power plantsRef 7 We also needit to further our space exploration program People need to understand theadvantages to using plutonium and that the disadvantages are
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