The Nu Clear Vision: Hind Sight On Reprocessing Arguments

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Nuclear power in its not so finest form—nuclear waste—has recently sparked several debates and protesters. Major powers on all sides realize that a crucial situation has been thrust upon us by the aging nuclear reactor facilities across the nation. In the past two decades, research has been done on Yucca Mountain in order to assess the effectiveness of the location to become the nation’s comprehensive nuclear repository, AKA a Giant Radioactive Mountain. Yet, the hidden technology of reprocessing has somehow managed to escape the minds of many, or has been repressed by large organizations such as Greenpeace and the Sierra Club. Reprocessing is recycling. Simple right, then why are we not utilizing this equipment to lower the amount of radioactive wastes in storage and continue the use of nuclear power?
I am in favor of the continuation of nuclear energy and for the reprocessing of spent fuel cells. This has been made apparent in the last three projects that I have completed for this class: including an “unbiased” rhetorical analysis of the diverse arguments of Greenpeace, the Nuclear Energy Institute and the Sierra Club. To me, the recycling of already harvested and enriched uranium makes perfect sense, but I’m not trying to coerce others to believe that my opinion is the only opinion out there. I am merely trying to bring nuclear power/ nuclear waste to the front of the American public’s brain in order to save my job and the employment opportunities available to my friends and co-workers.
The newest project in my collection of various nuclear waste arguments has taken on the form of a short commercial, the “Click Boom Project” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtpxnb-kBKY). The ad is meant to be posted on pro-nuclear/ pro-reprocessing websites in order to draw people in. It could also be placed on tree-hugger websites, in an attempt to get them on board with the recycling of spent fuels and push the “thinking green” concept. I chose to target a broader audience and go for people who already display an interest in nuclear waste rather than limiting the commercial to the student population of one university. Therefore expanding this age range to anywhere from the high school student doing a research paper, to the sixty year old voter trying to brush up on the issues before an upcoming election.
Previously, my speech entitled “Holy Radioactive Bananas Batman! Radioactive Waste Not Affecting Your Lives,” targeted the...

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