Write about the following essay topic:
The threat of nuclear weapons maintains world peace. Nuclear power provides cheap and clean energy. The benefits of nuclear technology far outweigh the disadvantages.
To what extent do you agree or disagree?
Complete the task in 20 minutes.
Some people believe that the threat of nuclear weapons maintains world peace and that nuclear power provides the cheap and clean source of energy. Though there are some positive aspects of nuclear technology, this essay totally disagrees that its benefits far outweigh the disadvantages because the downsides concern the survival of mankind.
Believing that the superpowers which have spent incalculable resources and energy for the production of nuclear weapons might never use them is foolish. There are thousands of nuclear weapons worldwide on hair-trigger alert and ready to launch at a moment’s notice. If at any time, intentionally or accidentally, nuclear detonation/explosion occurs then most of us would not survive. The impact of this devastation will not be limited to the participating countries only, as perceived by many people.
We lack expertise in handling nuclear weapons, its safety and our knowledge to command and control this technology are limited. There have been several instances in past where nuclear war could have happened due to wrong information or ignorance. The most famous incident of nuclear close call is during the Cuban Missile Crisis. The incident happened in October 1962 when the U.S. and U.S.S.R. came to the brink of nuclear war.
Though the nuclear energy does not emit greenhouse gases or other dangerous emissions into the environment, the destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the nuclear catastrophe in Japan shows its impacts on humans and ecology, even today. Its radioactive waste poses a serious threat to the lives of living beings.
In conclusion, the nations in the possession of nuclear arsenals threaten each other and even go to the brink of nuclear war. So this essay totally disagrees with the opinion that the benefits of nuclear technology far outweigh the disadvantages because the use of a nuclear weapon could mean the end of this world.