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Bill Nye Kicks Off Intelligence Squared U.S.'s Spring Season, at Nuclear Power Debate in NYC January 23

Bill Nye Kicks Off Intelligence Squared U.S.‘s Spring Season, at Nuclear Power Debate in NYC January 23

On Thursday, January 23, Bill Nye takes the Intelligence Squared U.S. stage to kick off the veteran debate series' spring season. Nye, a longtime fan who publicly changed his mind about GMOs after attending the 2014 Intelligence Squared debate on the subject, will offer a nuclear power explainer to introduce the nonprofit's live debate on the motion "It's Time to Expand Nuclear Power."

Proponents claim that nuclear energy is the most effective way to combat climate change while still meeting the world's growing demand for energy. But critics argue that expanding nuclear energy is dangerous, costly, and ill-advised. Should nuclear energy fuel our future? Arguing yes will be Daniel Poneman, Deputy Secretary of Energy under President Obama, and the co-founder of Energy for Humanity, Kirsty Gogan. Arguing against them will be former chairman of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Gregory B. Jaczko, and the president of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research, Arjun Makhijani.

The "It's Time to Expand Nuclear Power" debate will mark Intelligence Squared's debut at their new NYC home, the Florence Gould Hall, then air soon after as part of the syndicated public radio show, podcast, and video series "Intelligence Squared U.S."

WHAT: Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates "It's Time to Expand Nuclear Power"
WHEN: Thursday, January 23 / 7:00-8:45 PM EDT
WHERE: Florence Gould Hall, 55 East 59th Street, New York, NY
TICKETS: $40 ($34 for seniors, $12 for students w/ ID). To purchase, visit


* Bill Nye: Scientist and CEO of the Planetary Society 
Bill Nye, scientist, engineer, comedian, author, and inventor, is a man with a mission: to help foster a scientifically literate society and to help people everywhere understand and appreciate the science that makes our world work. After Nye attended a 2014 Intelligence Squared debate on GMOs, he spent time with panelist Dr. Robert Fraley and publicly changed his mind on the topic. He is CEO of the Planetary Society, a space-interest group, and hosts the "Science Rules!" podcast. Nye is best known for hosting the children's science show "Bill Nye the Science Guy," "Bill Nye Saves the World," and is the author of multiple bestselling books.


* Kirsty Gogan: Co-founder and Executive Director of Energy for Humanity 
Kirsty Gogan is the co-founder and executive director of Energy for Humanity (EFH), an NGO focused on decarbonization and energy access. EFH led a delegation of climate scientists to defend nuclear energy at the Paris Climate Conference. A founding director of CleanTech Catalyst, Gogan has advised the UK government on nuclear power and evaluated the national response to Fukushima.

* Daniel Poneman: President and CEO of Centrus Energy 
Daniel Poneman is a former government official and nuclear energy executive. Under President Obama, he was the Deputy Secretary of Energy and also served as a COO of the Department of Energy. He is now the president and CEO of Centrus Energy, a global energy company that supplies low enriched uranium for commercial nuclear power plants. He is a senior fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and author of the recent book "Double Jeopardy: Combating Nuclear Terror and Climate Change."

Arguing Against the Motion

* Gregory B. Jaczko: Former Chairman of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission 
Gregory B. Jaczko is the former chairman of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), where he handled the American government's response to the Fukushima meltdown. After leaving the NRC, he wrote "Confessions of A Nuclear Regulator" and founded the wind energy company Wind Future LLC.

* Arjun Makhijani: President of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research 
Arjun Makhijani is the president of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research and the author of "Carbon-Free and Nuclear Free: A Roadmap for US Energy Policy." He has spent decades studying nuclear disarmament and energy efficiency. Makhijani has a Ph.D. from University of California at Berkeley, where he specialized in nuclear fusion.

A non-partisan, non-profit organization, Intelligence Squared U.S. was founded in 2006 to address a fundamental problem in America: the extreme polarization of our nation and our politics. Their mission is to restore critical thinking, facts, reason, and civility to American public discourse. The award-winning debate series reaches millions of viewers and listeners through through multi-platform distribution, including radio, live streaming, podcasts, interactive digital content, and on-demand apps on Roku and Apple TV. With over 170 debates and counting, Intelligence Squared U.S. has encouraged the public to "think twice" on a wide range of provocative topics. Author and ABC News correspondent John Donvan has moderated IQ2US since 2008.

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