Thursday, November 20, 2014

Introduction to Pride and Purpose Debaters on Nuclear Energy

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As I mentioned in Saturday's post, today, Hofstra University will host a debate as to whether or not nuclear energy should be expanded to create a more sustainable future.  Many in the sustainability field argue that nuclear energy should be rapidly expanded to get us off of fossil fuels.  Others counter that nuclear energy is too dangerous and costly.

In the coming week, I will have several posts on this issue.  Here is what has been written and what can be expected in the coming days:

Sunday:  What is nuclear energy and how is it produced in power plants?

Monday:  The distribution of nuclear power plants around the world and the amount of nuclear energy produced.

Tuesday:  The pros of nuclear energy expansion.
Wednesday:  The cons of nuclear energy expansion.

Today:  Introduction of the debaters.

Friday:  Debate redux.  My reaction to the debate.

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Well, the debate day has arrived!  The debate will be held today at 4:30 in the Cultural Center Theater on the beautiful Hofstra campus. 

For those of you not on campus, you can watch the debate live here:  Hofstra.edu/ccdebates 

Let me introduce the debaters:

Arnie Gundersen is a nuclear engineer who worked in the nuclear industry.  He is now a critic of the nuclear energy industry.  He is the chief engineer for Fairewinds Energy Education.  You can see this organization's site here.  

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Paul Wilson is a Professor of Engineering Physics as the University of Wisconsin.  He is a world expert on nuclear physics and engineering.  He is also a spokesperson for the American Nuclear Society.  You can see his bio here.

Heidi Hutner is the Director of Sustainability Studies at Stony Brook University.  She has written extensively on environmental issues including nuclear energy.  You can see her bio here.

J Bret Bennington is a Professor of Geology, Environment, and Sustainability.  As a broadly trained earth and environmental scientist, he has written on a number of earth science issues.  You can see his bio here.

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