Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Nuclear Rods, Reactors, Bombs

Reading the Press-Telegram is educational. Not due to news reported but by reading Letters to the Editor which prompts me to do research on subjects, such as nuclear reactors.

What I learned is that the U.S.A. has 104 nuclear reactors. Control rods are used by these energy plants to control the fission of uranium and plutonium. I did not locate any information about nuclear rods mentioned by a fearful P-T Letter writer. She said if Iran gets one nuclear reactor and nuclear rod they can control a major source of oil which would harm industries. Same letter-writer complained that President Obama would not "retaliate in kind".

I am wondering, if she meant that President Obama would not order building of another U.S. nuclear reactor or is she confused. The U.S. has 5,113 active nuclear warheads with 4,500 waiting to be dismantled. Would President Obama retaliating in kind, that is, ordering another warhead built, actually reduce a threat caused by Iran building one?

Using diplomacy to create friendly relationships with all nations could do more to ensure no nation would use existing nuclear weapons to attack another.

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