Engl/Phys 3550 War & Peace Cluster
Spring Debate Topics
Below are a list of debate topics for the spring semester. From these we
will hold debates on the five most popular ones. Selection of the debates
will occur on March 8th, and sign up for the debates will be
on March 15th. The debates will be held during the last two
classes of the semester, on May 10th and May 17th.
Debate preparation periods are also scheduled for three classes before
For debates 6 and 8 we have alternative "disaster" debates. If you wish,
elect to be on debate 6 or 8 but without selecting either of the available
options. The debate members will select which of the three options will
become the actual debate.
Debate 1 - Transportation of fission
products to a common dump site (Yucca Mtn., e.g.) should be permitted
Debate 2 - Small scale nuclear explosions
for peaceful purposes (mining, e.g.) should be allowed
Debate 3 - The development of safe,
viable fusion reactors merits increased public investment
Debate 4 - Unilateral nuclear disarmament
is a valid foreign policy goal for the United States
Debate 5 - The US should import the
nuclear waste from other countries in order to secure that waste.
Debate 6 - One of the following
The environmental impact of the Chernobyl disaster outweighs the environmental
impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico
The Fukushima disaster was more severe than that at Chernobyl.
Nuclear accidents are inherently more severe than other man made accidents.
Debate 7 - Fission reactors present
a viable energy alternative to fossil fuels
Debate 8 - One of the following
(National) The US should only approve CANDU-style reactors
(International) The US should support the use of CANDU technology world
Debate 9 - Urgent action is required
to face the imminent threat from Iran to its neighbours
Debate 10 - The Fukushima disaster
is of itself sufficient reason to abandon nuclear power in the near future.
The following were selected to be the debates for this semester.
Debate A - TBA
Debate B - TBA
Debate C - TBA
Debate D - TBA
Order of Debates