Nuclear Energy and Climate Change
Teacher: Dario Bollacasa
Climate change is one of the most complex issues facing us today. It involves many dimensions and elicits many questions. It’s a global problem and is felt locally. Carbon dioxide is the heat-trapping greenhouse gas that has driven recent global warming. It lingers in the atmosphere and the planet takes a while to respond to its presence. We can either mitigate the warming or adapt to the changes. In either case it, there is convincing science to indicate that a reduction in CO2 concentration in the atmosphere is a very worthy goal to strive for.
Fossil fuels and their burning are largely responsible for the current high level to CO2 emissions. There are several alternatives to achieve the goals that fossil fuel burning provide, which produce low CO2 emissions. One such alternative is the use of nuclear energy to produce electricity. Nuclear energy generates electricity with essentially zero CO2 emissions. Why does it not have a pre-eminent role in combating CO2 emissions? We will explore facts, fiction, and misconceptions about a “nuclear alternative.”
This is an Adult Education Class with 1 single session.