Rhetorical Analysis

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Rhetorical Analysis
Pitching new ideas is certainly not something that can be completed easily. It takes a specific thought process to be able to convince an audience about nuclear waste removal techniques. Whenever anything that deals with nuclear waste is brought up people tend to panic. There are many things that can go wrong, but if handled correctly all of these problems can be avoided. Trying to explain to someone that nothing will go wrong is the hardest part. Over the years there have been many horror stories of disasters from nuclear related projects. Although he seems to do an adequate job of informing about nuclear waste removable solutions, in his essay, “Nuclear Waste”, Richard ...view middle of the document...

Since Muller uses logos pathetically, his logic does not go hand in hand with his ideas. Being logical is very necessary when trying to share new ideas. Sending nuclear waste into the sun is not very logical. It is extremely costly to send even the tiniest amount of waste into the sun. Muller also brings up the point about what was happening on Earth 10,000 years ago and then goes on to wonder if it is possible to plan for 10,000 years into the future. He realizes that there is no way to plan that far into the future but he incorporates the future into his ideas. Basically he explains that if nuclear waste was put beneath the Yucca mountain there is only a small chance that there could be a leak within the next 10,000 years. Using logic, explaining dangers would not persuade someone into favoring an idea. The statistical information that Muller uses is very repetitive, every fact refers to the same point that he tries prove. He references facts that basically have zero odds of becoming fiction. Before concluding his ideas about the waste’s radioactivity after 10,000 years, Muller states that “we don’t need absolute security for 10,000 years” (Muller 256). Again, logically, someone should not state that safety is not a concern for an entire amount of time. The pathetic use of logos brings out the bad in Muller’s ideas about nuclear waste.
The piteous use of ethos did not help earn any trust in what Muller was writing about. Instead of providing information about nuclear waste, at one point Muller talks about how “leakage from the Yucca...

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