Thursday, 15 September 2011

The Nuclear Debate

The Excitement of Science at The Kirkgate Centre, September 17th, 8.00pm

Nuclear: The Greenest Option?  
Mark Lynas and Brian Wynne have very different views

"For decades we have all been told that nuclear waste is an unsolved ‘problem’ which makes future nuclear power development unethical because it will add to a toxic legacy left to poison our descendants thousands of generations into the future....

In actual fact, the worst thing possible we could do with nuclear waste would be to throw it away. Worldwide stockpiles of ‘waste’ from thermal light-water reactors (which comprise the vast majority of civil nuclear reactors) already include enough fissile (or fertile) elements – plutonium, other actinides like americium and neptunium, and uranium (both U-235 and U-238) – to run the world on clean energy for centuries without having to go out and mine another gram of uranium ore anywhere. That so few people appreciate this fact suggests that igorance about all things nuclear is more profound than many of us would like to think, and especially so within the environmental movement." Mark Lynas. 

Read more of Mark's blog here

"Nuclear energy's promises have always been exaggerated, ever since the serious promise it would provide 'electricity too cheap to meter', by the then chief of the US Atomic Energy Commission, in 1954. Its contribution to solving the global climate problem has also been overblown. But its biggest problem remains one which has not been given enough attention, which is the deliberate production of plutonium as part of - indeed originally the only element of - the whole production cycle. Nuclear weapons and civil nuclear energy have never been adequately separated, and the challenges of achieving this remain a central reason for questioning the re-commitment to civil nuclear power under the dubious banner of climate change mitigation."
Brian Wynne 

Brian Wynne is Professor of Science Studies at the Centre for the Study of Environmental Change at Lancaster University. he resigned last year from the food watchdog, the FSA

Brian Wynne and Mark Lynas put their cases and explain their opinions. Expect fireworks! Come and add your own fuel.

Tickets £8.00 and £7.00  for Solway Arts members. (Wine or soft drink included) 
The Kirkgate Centre, Kirkgate, Cockermouth CA13 9PJ  Telephone: 01900 826 448

This important and stimulating debate is jointly funded and organised by the Kirkgate Centre and Solway Arts