Waterfall Environmental Science, Eighth Edition
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Chapter 14: Nonrenewable Energy Sources

Should Nuclear Power be Revived?
In the second Point/Counterpoint in Chapter 14, Patrick Moore and Steve Clark debated whether the United States should build new nuclear power plants. In the text, I asked you to summarize their views and consider which view most closely relates to your view on the subject. To explore the issue further, we invite you to check out the Web sites listed below. As you examine each site, be certain to identify who is providing the information and any hidden agendas they might have. The questions posed below will help you evaluate the Web sites and clarify your own opinion. Spend a few minutes reviewing them before you start reading the information posted at these sites. Furthering the Exploration: To help you evaluate the Web sites and clarify your own opinion, write down your answers to the following questions. Taking an active part in this exercise will help you prepare for discussions in and out of your class.

1. What new facts, ideas, and viewpoints, if any, did these Web sites provide for you? How did they further your understanding of this issue? Be specific.

2. Did your examination and analysis of the material affect your support of one of the two viewpoints presented in the text? If so, explain how and why.

3. After reading the material, can you think of an alternative position other than those taken by the authors? Explain it.

4. Do you think that the information provided by all organizations and individuals at the Web sites you visited was reliable and unbiased? How much of the information was scientific? How much was each viewpoint based on ethics?
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Nuclear Energy Institute
"The Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) is the policy organization of the nuclear energy and technologies industry. NEI's objective is to ensure the formation of policies that promote the beneficial uses of nuclear energy and technologies in the United States and around the world."
http://www.nei.org/keyissues/newnuclearplants/
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
An MIT study published in 2003 provided recommendations to the government and industry leaders on how nuclear energy research should proceed. The committee that authored the report recommended the use of nuclear power for part of the country's future energy supply but identified obstacles that should first be overcome.
http://web.mit.edu/nuclearpower/pdf/nuclearpower-summary.pdf
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
The NREL is a government-funded R&D laboratory dedicated to the exploration and promotion of renewable energy options. You can read about energy production from solar, wind, biomass, hydrogen, geothermal, ocean, and hydropower sources at this site.
http://www.nrel.gov/learning/re_basics.html
Greenpeace
Greenpeace is an independent environmental activist organization that opposes the use of both coal-based and nuclear power.
http://www.greenpeace.org/raw/content/international/press/reports/briefing-nuclear-not-answer-apr07.pdf

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