The Oberlin Review

Ishikawa Employs Dangerous Nuclear Narratives

Christo Hays, Production Editor

September 27, 2019

 For those who don’t keep up with the weekly jabs published in the Review’s Opinions section, here’s the short of the nuclear energy debate that has graced the past two editions: College third-year Leo Lasdun wrote a pro-nuclear energy article in which he cited a NASA study claiming that nuclear energy saved 1.8 million lives between 1971 and 2009; this was in support of his broader claim that “the future is nuclear” (“Nuclear Represents Best Option,” Sept. 13, 2019). The following week, College second-year Shogo Ishikawa penned a broadside in response, casting doubt on NASA’s analysis and aspersions on Lasdun (“Lasdun Overlooks Downsides of Nuclear,” Sept. 20, 2019). Not only are Ishikawa’s claims u...

Nuclear Represents Best Option

Leo Lasdun, Contributing Writer

September 13, 2019

 If you watched Chernobyl, HBO’s harrowing dramatization of the 1986 nuclear catastrophe in Ukraine, you probably noticed brooding scowls, gloomy stoicism, and pointed downtroddenness. It’s not surprising that a show targeted toward a mainstream audience would play up the tropes surrounding the murky idea of “nuclear” in many American minds. In fact, for a lot of us, these tropes of disaster, despair, and cold weather make up the entirety of our understanding of nuclear energy. I’ve been skeptical too, probably a direct result of playing the “Nuketown” map on Call of Duty as a kid. But I’m happy to say I’ve reviewed more accurate literature, and confidently believe that the future is nuclear.  Right no...

Symposium Honors Anniversary of Fukushima Disaster

Joelle Lingat, Staff Writer

March 16, 2012

The Fukushima: Lessons Learned? Symposium, held in Craig Lecture Hall the weekend of March 9–10, featured three different panels in honor of the one-year anniversary of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, marking the apex of the ongoing Fukushima lecture series. “The symposium is different in a way that other speakers come from a discrete academic background and focus on specific segments in the Fukushima incident, whereas over the weekend there was more of a dialogue among disciplines going on,” said Yue Qiu, a College sophomore who is taking the Fukushima mini-course. “It was more dynamic and [had] a bigger picture when specialists from diverse areas were brought together.” On March 11, 2011, the...

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