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Tharunkrishant
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dsjpk5
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THW Ban nuclear energy

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 7/21/2015 Category: Miscellaneous
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Tharunkrishant

Pro

It is unfortunately the case that the nuclear industry has a bad reputation for safety. This is undeserved. The overwhelming majority of nuclear reactors have functioned safely and effectively for their entire lifetimes. The four historic nuclear disasters (1957 Windscale Fire, 1979 Three Mile Island and 1986 Chernobyl, 2011 Fukushima, Japan) killed fewer people than the oil and coal industries have1. "The multi-agency U.N. Chernobyl Forum reported last year that 56 deaths could be directly attributed to the accident, most of those from radiation or burns suffered while fighting the fire. Tragic as those deaths were, they pale in comparison to the more than 5,000 coal-mining deaths that occur worldwide every year"2.

Further, the two major nuclear accidents, at Three Mile Island and Chernobyl, were both in old style reactors, made worse in the latter case by poor Soviet safety standards. The Chernobyl disaster took place at a time when our understanding of nuclear issues was much lesser than it is now, and was the result of poorly trained staff in the plant's control room. No system can be 100% safe, but solid design principles can minimize risk. The existence of such nuclear reactors around the world continue to remain a constant threat to all livelihood in the vicinity of 5km at the minimum.
Many of the problems in its early days were caused by excessive control due to the origin of nuclear energy from military applications. And now considering certain countries not properly guarding their nuclear raw materials, it is an even more greater threat. This is because we have to acknowledge the possibility of those materials getting into the hands of certain violent non-state actors who may misuse it.

So the Bottomline is that existence of nuclear energy is certainly a problem in terms of safety at all points of time.
dsjpk5

Con

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Debate Round No. 1
Tharunkrishant

Pro

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dsjpk5

Con

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Debate Round No. 2
Tharunkrishant

Pro

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dsjpk5

Con

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Debate Round No. 3
1 comment has been posted on this debate.
Posted by Wylted 2 years ago
Wylted
Did you mean to be con?
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Vote Placed by tejretics 2 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Sources. Pro plagiarizes from a website without citing it as a source at all. This is severe misuse of sources, per the TOS, therefore I must award sources to Con for unsourced plagiarism by Pro. Conduct. Con gains conduct as Pro then forfeited the majority of the debate, which is generally considered unacceptable conduct. Additionally, the unsourced plagiarism would also be considered misconducted and a violation (arguably) of the Terms of Use, thus I award conduct as well to Con. Therefore, sources and conduct points are allocated to Con.
Vote Placed by Kozu 2 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Conduct to Con for Pro's plagiarism.