WKF 2011 Offers 2 `Green` Debate Sessions on Dumping Nuclear & Kyoto Protocol wkf2011 l 2011.07.20

The World Knowledge Forum (WKF) 2011 will offer heated debate sessions in a variety of fields.

One of the kinds is the `nuclear debate.` In the aftermath of the nuclear explosion crisis in Fukushima, Japan in March, safety of nuclear energy has been at the heart of global controversy. Germany has shut down its nuclear power plants. Japan is also on a track to halt the plan to expand nuclear power plant facilities. South Korea, which has been pushing for exporting nuclear energy eagerly, seems confused about what position it needs to take. Some argue that the era of nuclear energy will make a comeback and nuclear is the only source of energy to substitute oil. On the other hand, some others claim for outright ban on use of nuclear energy with the disclosure of danger of the nuclear energy.

The WKF 2011 is going to offer a platform for debates between pros and cons of nuclear energy. Luis Echavarri, Director General of the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA), will be on the pro side of nuclear energy, while Jan Beranek, Head of Greenpeace International Nuclear Campaign will be on the con side. The audience of hundreds will find the debate absorbing, in which it seems impossible to narrow differences between an economic development expert and an environmentalist. Not only that, the audience will be provided with deeper insights and more diversified opinions about the future of nuclear energy during the heated debate of the two extremists.

`Saving or Dumping Kyoto Protocol?` is another noteworthy debate session, featuring a one-on-one face-off between the world`s leading climate change skeptic and environmentalist: Andrey Illarionov, senior fellow at the Cato Institute in the US, and Katherine Richardson, Chair of Denmark`s Climate Commission.

The two experts will discuss the future of the Kyoto Protocol - namely, if the agreement should be extended or discarded. The Kyoto Protocol is scheduled to expire next year if no additional accord is signed during the 17th Conference of the Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and the 7th Conference of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (COP 17-CMP 7), to be hosted by Durban, South Africa this coming November.

Illarionov is a Russian libertarian economist who also served as an economic policy advisor to former Russian President Vladimir Putin. Illarionov refuses to believe that there is a clear correlation between greenhouse gas emissions and climate change, and has been rebuking the Kyoto Protocol as of late for its excessive constriction on industrial activity, which can stall global growth.

In contrast, Richardson - Professor in Biological Oceonography at the University of Copenhagen - argues that if untended, climate change will incur a fatal and irreversible damage to the environment. Richardson was behind the Denmark Climate Commission`s recent ban on fossil fuels, which will impose a complete suspension on the use of oil, gas, and coal by 2050.

[2011.07.19 Written by Hyun-kyu Shin, Won-sup Yoon - Su-hyun Song, Samji Chung / edited by Soyoung Chung]

[ⓒ Maeil Business Newspaper & mk.co.kr, All rights reserved]