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It’s Time to Expand Nuclear Power
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Thursday, January 23, 2020 -
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Upcoming Debate January 23, 2020
It’s Time to Expand Nuclear Power

For decades, the development of nuclear power has sparked staunch debate among scientists, politicians, and activists alike. For its proponents, the promise of nuclear energy is clear: It's the most effective means of reducing greenhouse gases and combating climate change while still meeting the world's growing demand for energy. And to date, nuclear energy produces approximately 10% of the world's power and rakes in billions in revenue in the United States alone. But its critics argue that expanding nuclear energy is dangerous and ill-advised. They cite the high costs of building powerplants, the potential consequences of a meltdown, and the challenge of managing waste. Rather, they argue, we should look to wind and solar to meet our energy demands. Should nuclear energy fuel our future? 

About The Debaters
For The Motion
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Kirsty Gogan − Co-founder and Executive Director of Energy for Humanity
Kirsty Gogan is the co-founder and executive director of Energy for Humanity (EFH), an NGO focused on... read bio
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Daniel Poneman − Former Deputy Secretary of Energy
Daniel Poneman is a former government official and nuclear energy executive. Under President Obama, he was the... read bio
Against The Motion
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Gregory B. Jaczko − Former Chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Gregory Jaczko is the former chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), where he handled the American... read bio
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Arjun Makhijani − President of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research
Arjun Makhijani is the president of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research and the author of... read bio
Main Points
For The Motion
Against The Motion
Is Nuclear Power Worth the Risk?
Carolyn Kormann / December 22, 2019
Nuclear power paves the only viable path forward on climate change
James Hansen, Kerry Emanuel, Ken Caldeira and Tom Wigley / December 3, 2015