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Nuclear Power Over the past few years the increase in the use of energy all over the world has increased by incredibly huge amounts This means that as the population continues to grow the increase in energy usage will also continue to grow So scientist all over the world are continuously searching for ways to produce the huge amount of energy required by the world Up until now a large portion of the energy produced has been from fossil fuel such as oil and gas that are non replaceable and are running out very quickly In fact even with a world policy on the use of fossil fuels the present increase in the use of energy all the worlds coal oil gas and uranium will be used up by the year 2023 The fastest increase at the moment is in the use of nuclear power And all known uranium reserves would be exhausted by the year 2000 This graph shows the consumption of world energy sources Nuclear energy actually refers to the energy consumed or produced in changing the composition of the atomic nucleus The force that arms the atomic bomb and hydrogen bomb and other nuclear weapons nuclear energy also powers electricity- generating plants in countries throughout the world It is seen by many as the source of inexpensive clean power but because of the hazardous radiation emitted in producing that power and the radioactivity of the materials used others feel that it may not be a viable energy alternative to the use of fossil fuels or solar energy The following text discusses the science involved in the release of nuclear energy and the use of that science by the industries that produce electric power Scientific Definitions The processes that change the state or composition of matter are inevitably accompanied by the consumption or production of energy Common
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