UH Energy Symposium Considers Risks and Benefits of Nuclear Energy

One of the thorniest issues in the debate over moving to a lower-carbon future involves nuclear energy. Supporters point out its carbon-free footprint. Opponents say the capital costs for expansion are too expensive and note that no permanent – or even temporary – storage site has been approved for spent nuclear rods.

A panel of experts will discuss the complex issue and debate the future of nuclear energy during a symposium at the University of Houston next week.

“Going Nuclear: Risks, Odds and Potential,” part of the UH Energy Symposium Series, will begin at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, at the Student Center South Houston Room.

Speakers include Armond Cohen, executive director of the Clean Air Task Force; Shirley S. Ho of the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore; Mark Z. Jacobson, director of the Atmosphere and Energy Program at Stanford University; and Jessica Lovering, director of energy at The Breakthrough Institute.

Ryan Fitzpatrick, deputy director of the clean energy program at Third Way, will serve as moderator.

The event is free, but registration is requested. The panel discussion will also be livestreamed at the UH Energy website and on Facebook Live.


WHAT:                              “Going Nuclear: Risks, Odds and Potential,” part of the UH Energy Symposium Series.

WHEN:                              5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15.

WHERE:                             UH Student Center South Houston Room.

MEDIA CONTACT:           Jeannie Kever, 713-743-0778, m-713-504-3769, jekever@uh.edu.



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