Nuclear Power Simulation
Nuclear Power Debate
President Obama has made his administration’s energy goals clear. He supports nuclear energy as a potential source of energy for the future and recently approved $8 billion in funding for building new plants. He is quoted as saying, “To meet our growing energy needs and prevent the worst consequences of climate change, we will need to increase our supply of nuclear power. It is that simple.” (http://www.voanews.com/english/news/usa/Obama-Announces-Funding-Help-for-First-New-Nuclear-Plant-in-Decades-84490102.html
Recently, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission approved the design for two new nuclear plants that have been proposed to be built in Georgia and South Carolina. (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/23/business/energy-environment/nrc-clears-way-for-new-nuclear-plant-construction.html )
The group, Public Citizen, claims that nuclear energy has five fatal flaws which make it a bad idea for the United States; cost, security, safety, waste, and proliferation. (http://www.citizen.org/cmep/article_redirect.cfm?ID=13447 )
A recent Gallup poll indicates that 57% of Americans favor the building of nuclear power plants here in the United States and 38% are opposed. ( http://www.gallup.com/poll/146660/disaster-japan-raises-nuclear-concerns.aspx )
What do you think about nuclear power? What are the most important issues that we should be talking about?
Your class will finish the unit on nuclear chemistry by holding an informal debate which discusses the question that you think is most pressing about nuclear power.
Your participation in the debate will be graded in terms of what you say, how you say it, and what evidence you give to back it up. Refer to the attached sheet entitled, “Seminar Behavior” to refresh your memory on how I will expect you to behave during our debate.
After you participate in thedebate, you will need to produce your own position paper based on what you heard and learned during your research and discussion. Your position paper must be word-processed, double-spaced, printed and handed in at the beginning of the next class period. Be sure to cite any sources you use in your position paper. In your position paper you should clearly state your position, i.e., your answer to the question, and give specific evidence to support your reasons for your feeling this way about nuclear power.
Ms. Anderson has produced a LibGuide to help you with your research. You can access this LibGuide by going to the library website at http://www.lacademy.edu/page.cfm?p=979 . When asked to login, use your network login information for school. Once you get to the library website, click on LibGuides. Click on Chemistry. Click on Nuclear Energy. This LibGuide is filled with useful resources to help you with your research. There is also a link to EasyBib that you can use for your sources.