Think & Drink: Nuclear Energy's Peril And Promise

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Humanities Washington’s Think & Drink events are panel discussions at pubs and tasting rooms featuring provocative topics and new ideas.

On May 10 in Seattle, we're going with the nuclear option.

When talking about how to address climate change, the conversation usually turns to solar, wind, electric vehicles, even geoengineering. But what if a part of the solution has been with us for sixty years?

From "The China Syndrome" to Mr. Burns, nuclear power has inspired fear, awe, and anger. High-profile disasters like Chernobyl and Fukushima have stuck in the public consciousness. But how justified are our fears? In an era when the stability of the planet itself is threatened, is it time for MORE nuclear power, not less? Or are the risks too great?

Join us for a conversation on the perception versus reality of nuclear power. The conversation will feature petroleum geologist and University of Washington faculty member Scott Montgomery, whose book "The Shape of the New" was a New York Times Notable Book for 2015; Chuck Johnson, an activist, writer, and development professional with roots in the anti-nuclear movement dating back to the 1970s; and Kathleen Flenniken, former civil engineer for the Hanford Nuclear site and Washington State Poet Laureate for 2012-2014. Flenniken’s book "Plume," a meditation on the Hanford site, won the Washington State Book Award. The event will be moderated by KUOW’s environmental reporter Ashley Ahearn.

Presented in partnership with Cascadia Climate Action. Media sponsor: KUOW.

FREE and open to the public. No registration or tickets required.
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By: Humanities Washington