Recently I’ve been spending my Tuesday nights with a really cool group of friends and neighbors from my local community here in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Since I live pretty much out in the middle of nowhere, it is always a great relief to get together, have dinner and talk politics. I see eye to eye on most issues with these friends with one major exception- energy.
Since I joined the group we have had an ongoing discussion about the risks and benefits of nuclear energy, as well as other energy sources by comparison. Something that has been quite wonderful is that despite differing view points these friends have been kind, open and engaging on a subject that is often divisive to relationships. Given these unique circumstances and the fact that I want to keep up with my local community while abroad, I asked my friends to write their down their questions for the leaders of the nuclear industry- and I will do my best to get them answered throughout my travels. As I collect responses I will post them here so everyone gets the benefit of this ongoing, cross-continental conversation.
I genuinely do not know the answers to many of the questions presented to me last night, and never would have thought to ask them! This is why I love collaboration!
And given that we live in a state that gets half of it’s electricity from nuclear energy, is planning on building new reactors in the near future and even has plans to close the fuel cycle through reprocessing– my community really needs and deserves to have all of these questions answered. This is one of my favorite parts of my job- really listening to people’s concerns and connecting them with the resources they need. I feel very lucky to be in a position to do just that.
If you have questions you want answered, write them down on an index card, scan or take a photo of the card and email it to: Suzy@nulearliteracy.org . I will do my best to respond to all questions.
T minus 9 days until I get to start digging for answers to these important questions!