Nuclear Energy Necessary?

Yesterday, we looked at the continuing problems caused by the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster. Though TEPCO is making good progress in the clean up, the people of Fukushima are still suffering. This situation will continue for many, many years, and will continue to be terribly expensive for Japanese taxpayers. Therefore, Nuclear Power is too dangerous and countries should not use it, right? Let’s consider this more carefully.

Everyone knows that climate change is a serious problem and that our use of “fossil fuels” is largely responsible. The rising earth temperature will change the way we live within your lifespan. Let’s look at a recent report from some of the world’s top scientists.

How much a little change can make

What does climate change have to do with Nuclear Energy? Watch this TED talk and find out.

Questions for discussion (with a partner) and writing (120 ~ 150 words):

  • He says that we need nuclear power to solve climate change. Why does he think this?
  • What evidence does he give?
  • How persuasive (strong or weak) is his argument?
  • Why do you think so?
  • What are some questions you have after hearing his talk?

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