Nuclear energy is a fledgling industry that could forever change the composition of the modern world. The fear of this energy source has been etched into the recesses of our minds by misconceptions that date back to the catastrophes at Chernobyl and Three Mile Island. Similar to the notion that the world is flat, that was proven to be an unenlightened fallacy by the famous adventurer Ferdinand Magellan, nuclear energy is no longer just the devise that can bring the world to its end with unimaginable destruction. The breathtaking innovation that comes with the reactor facilities of the future sheds a whole new light on not only the efficiency of the product, but its safety as well. Our current dependency on fossil fuels is quickly draining this primary provider of energy for our shackled society. With the emergence of a population enlightened on the advantages of nuclear energy comes the ability to attain a method of energy more cost-efficient and more effective than any forms of energy of the past. A new wave of nuclear reactors will bring with it a totally renovated view of nuclear energy. This view will remove the blinders from an apprehensive world illuminating endless possibilities and demonstrating the prosperity that an age of nuclear energy would bring.

There are similarities between the innovations we are on the verge of making in our modern era and those made in times past. The Renaissance brought to the world a new way of thinking; these thoughts changed the entire fabric of the intellectual realm of the time. Though artistic depictions like the Mona Lisa may have represented the popular face of the era, it was in the technological advantages that true revolution was found. Mankind makes many strides throughout history in the form of intellectual revolutions, always striving to take on a more perfect form. Leonardo Da Vinci created a legendary work of art known as The Vitruvian Man. Da Vinci viewed man as an object of perfect proportions; he proved through this work that the limbs of a man extends to a perfect circumference. Like the perfect circle that is man, the nuclear plant of the future will hold the ability to complete a perfect nuclear cycle. This plant will utilize spent nuclear fuel in a recycling process through next-generation nuclear reprocessing procedures. This addresses the world-wide need to embrace the conservation of valuable nuclear resources at the same time offering the perfect energy source for a thriving society.

Image courtesy of Da Vinci's Life

The Renaissance of the 14th-17th centuries provided the ladder on which humanity could climb to escape from its self-inflicted pit of despair, into the promise of intellectual enlightenment. A “Nuclear Renaissance” will be the answer to the current society left in the dark ages of the era of fossil fuels. The tides have been turning and a sense of unrest is growing with every cent that gas prices rise throughout the nation. People have begun to open their eyes to the advantages that nuclear energy possesses. Bill Gates, one the wealthiest men in the world, has heard the call to arms and has made many staggering donations to promising nuclear ventures of the 21st century. The voice of change reached into our homes on January 25, 2011 when President Barack Obama told the nation through the State of the Union Address,
"This is our generation's Sputnik moment. Two years ago, I said that we needed to reach a level of research and development we haven't seen since the height of the Space Race. In a few weeks, I will be sending a budget to Congress that helps us meet that goal. We'll invest in biomedical research, information technology, and especially clean energy technology – an investment that will strengthen our security, protect our planet, and create countless new jobs for our people."
The Nuclear Renaissance has begun; it is up to the will of the people to embrace the energy venture of the future or to stay complacent with the inferior methods that are emblazoned in the nature of our society. We must decide if we will let our exhaustible, habitual sources control us, or if we will settle for nothing less than a GRNR Plant for a greener planet.

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