Monday, November 10, 2014

Should Nuclear Energy Be Expanded to Help Create a More Sustainable Future?

As many of you know, Hofstra University is known for hosting presidential debates.  However, it also hosts debates on major issues of the day called Pride and Purpose Debates.  This year's debate is, "Should Nuclear Energy Be Expanded to Help Create a More Sustainable Future?".  The debate will include experts from both sides of the issue.

The discussion is a worthy one.  The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change tells us that we are in deep trouble unless we significantly reduce our use of fossil fuels as soon as possible.  That is unlikely to happen unless we very quickly ramp up renewable energy globally while also finding new carbon-free sources of energy.

However, many reasonable people involved with sustainable energy and global climate change believe that nuclear energy is the best alternative for moving ahead with trying to get off of carbon energy.  Those who disagree point to concerns over waste and safety.

I hope you can join us for this interesting debate.  It will be held on the Hofstra Campus on November 20th, 2014 from 4:30-6:00.  The debaters include Paul Wilson from the American Nuclear Society, Arnie Gundersen from Fairewinds Energy Education, Heidi Hutner from Stony Brook University, and our own Bret Bennington.

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