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Unformatted text preview: LearnEnglish Professionals LOVELOCK & NUCLEAR ENERGY AUDIOSCRIPT Listen to different people commenting on James Lovelock's current views on nuclear energy. Optional exercise (The answers are at the bottom of the page). Listen and decide who makes these points: Michael, Teresa, Kevin, Raymond, Kerry. W hich person thinks... 1. that a lot of scientists don’t agree with Lov elock? 2. that Lovelock has made a turnaround? 3. that Lovelock now agrees with the gov ernment? 4. that Lovelock’s ideas are not really that important? 5. that nuclear power is not saf e? 6. that people are impatient? Michael: green campaigner I’m very disappointed with Lovelock’s change of ideas. He was somebody who had a lot of interesting ideas about the environment, and I’m sad that he has turned his back on what he said bef ore. There's no way nuclear power is saf e – it's just as harmf ul to the environment as traditional fossil f uels, and as well as that, there's the enormous risk of storing nuclear waste. Teresa: Member of Parliament A brav e statement from a very interesting man. Our party has always had a strong record on def ending the environment, and looking at environmental problems in a constructiv e way. I’m glad to see that a distinguished scientist agrees with us. W e want to build more nuclear power stations, and def end the environment – and now we can! Kevin: biologist The problem with James Lov elock is that he isn’t really a scientist. He has lots of experience in different fields, and I respect him, he’s certainly an intelligent man. But a lot of his theories hav e never really had that much support in the serious scientific community – they’ve been picked up by lots of other people, Green campaigners and such. I wouldn’t listen to him too much. Raymond: CEO of International Nuclear Fuels W ho? No, I don’t think I’ve ev er heard of the man. W ho is he? An environmentalist? Oh well, it’s always good to hav e support, f rom anywhere. And nuclear power is very, very saf e. And no, it doesn’t pollute at all. Kerry: member of Surf ers f or the Environment People always want quick solutions. As f ar as the environment goes, there aren’t any. It could take hundreds of years to sort out the mess this planet is in. Nuclear power looks like a quick and easy solution, but it isn’t. There are lev els of radioactivity well abov e average, and well abov e saf e, in all the sea around nuclear power stations. There are higher rates of cancer and leukemia. Nuclear power is just a way of putting off the damage until a later date. Answer s 1 K evin, 2 M ichael, 3Teresa, 4 K evin, 5 M ichael, K erry, 6 Kerry www.br itishc ouncil.or g/pr of essionals.htm © The British Council, 2007 The United Kingdom’s in ternational orga nisation for educational opportunities and cu ltural relations. W e are registered in England as a charity. ...
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This note was uploaded on 01/10/2011 for the course FSD 201 taught by Professor Huong during the Spring '10 term at Beacon FL.
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