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Nuclear Energy —
Timely Alternative or Time Bomb?

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Nuclear fission reactors have long been controversial. Yet, considering the current concern over global climate change, pollution, and energy shortages worldwide, is their role changing? What promise does nuclear fusion hold? What is the current science and strategy on nuclear waste containment? Is nuclear power an ecological time bomb, or could it be part of our response to global climate change?

Panel Discussion:

Featured panelists offered different perspectives on the science and ethics of nuclear energy. Panelists included: (click name for bio)

Conan Nolan—moderator

Reporter, NBC4

Dennis R. Spurgeon

Assistant Secretary of Nuclear Energy, U. S. Department of Energy

S. David Freeman

President, Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners

Per F. Peterson

Professor, Nuclear Engineering Department, University of California, Berkeley

James Harding

Energy Consultant
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