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William Hicks
3/30 Discussion
Fri Mar 30, 2012 4:13pm
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The topic that I am considering for the issue paper is the topic I used for my annotated bibliography, which is discussing whether or not that we should use nuclear power plants with the possible risk of a meltdown and causing another event similar to what happened in Japan. I am considering this topic for two reasons, the first reason is because with the research provided that I learned from the annotated bibliography it will be very easy to use the information gathered and put the paper together. The second reason that I want to work on this paper is that one of the pressing issues in todayís world is the fact that we need to move away from fossil fuels and are looking towards cleaner solutions to gather energy from. Nuclear power is one of the cleanest power sources, but thereís also the risk that if something goes wrong with the power plant and the staff there are not able to lockdown the power plant in time then there is a very likely chance that something catastrophic on the scale weíve seen in Japan happening again on U.S soil. With this risk I want to learn more about nuclear power plants and see how the function and what safety measures are being taken in order to prevent another catastrophe. With the research I gained from the annotated bibliography it I believe that I will be able to find evidence towards nuclear power plants have more pros than cons when it comes to efficiency. The two sides to this issue paper will be pretty obvious, whether or not we should or should not continue using nuclear power plants. On the side supporting nuclear power plants you have the efficiency and cleanliness that can back up the pros. On the other side however, is the fact that there is always the risk of a nuclear meltdown and will destroy the surrounding area. There is also the fact that nuclear power plants are quite expensive to build. But with those two sides, I believe that this will be an excellent topic for my issue paper.

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