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Stewart Brand And Erich Pica Debate Nuclear Power (VIDEO)

Huffington Post   First Posted: 10/05/10 08:55 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 06:50 PM ET

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UPDATE: Scroll down for highlights from the debate, edited by HuffPost's Ben Craw, with the full exchange available below that.

Is nuclear power the solution to the world's increasing energy demands in the face of catastrophic climate change, or is it an unsafe, unprofitable diversion from truly clean energy? Can we trust the government to regulate nuclear power after the disaster we saw in the Gulf? Should we go with a known non-carbon producing energy source or hope that something better can work on a larger scale? These questions and many others are on people's minds as we think about our energy future and what will lead us away from unsustainable fossil fuels.

Like many energy topics, there are no easy answers. That's why we are inviting two esteemed experts to debate the topic live, and take questions from YOU.

Erich Pica is president of the environmental group, Friends Of The Earth. An expert on energy subsidies, over the last decade he has been involved in the organization's fight to end fossil fuel, biofuel and nuclear subsidies from the government. He has also worked on campaigns for legislative solutions to the climate crisis. Erich will be debating Stewart Brand, co-founder of the Global Business Network and president of the Long Now Foundation. He is the creator of the Whole Earth Catalog, and the recently published book, Whole Earth Discipline: Why Dense Cities, Nuclear Power, Transgenic Crops, Restored Wildlands, and Geoengineering Are Necessary, and is one of the leading environmental voices in advocating for nuclear power.

We are looking forward to an enlightening and spirited exchange between these two very well-informed people. Please tune in November 16th at 2PM EST, 11 AM PST to watch them debate here live.

We are now taking your questions! If you'd like to submit a question in advance on the debate, you can submit it below. Or you can ask a question live here or on twitter during the debate using the hashtag, #hpenergydebate.

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