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16 February 2010

Nuclear energy and the future of humanity

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Korean atomic scientist Hae-Yong Jeong discusses why nuclear energy is crucial to the survival of the human race

The promise of nuclear power is nothing less than cheap, limitless energy. But for decades, the dream has remained tantalizingly out of reach. Instead, industrialized society has been built on carbon-emitting coal, oil, and natural gas. These fossil fuels are in limited supply, and now threaten our very existence by causing irreparable harm to the global climate.

Nuclear is no silver bullet – its past is checkered with catastrophe and the potential to turn peaceful energy into weapons of mass destruction. But Hae-Yong Jeong says that the atom is the key to growing out of our dirty energy habits, and ensuring the long term survival of human civilization.


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