Before reading the passage, think about the statements. Do you Agree or Disagree with them? Why?
1. There is no need to worry about the problem of energy.
2. Something has to be done to solve the problem of energy.
3. The best way to solve the problem of energy is to use nuclear power.
Now read the passage to compare your answers with what are stated in the passage.
1 "Welcome again to the 'Michael Parkhurst Talkabout'. In tonight's programme, we're looking at the problem of energy. Pessimistic forecasts say that there is only enough coal for 450 years, enough natural gas for 50 years and that oil might run out in 30 years. Obviously we have to do something, and we have to do it soon
2 "Our first guest is a professor from the New England Institute of Technology, Professor Marvin Burnham."
3 "We have to do something quickly about our energy crisis. Fossil fuels are rapidly running out. The tragedy is that fossil fuels are far too valuable to waste on the production of electricity. If we don't start conserving2 these things now, it will be too late. Nuclear power is the only alternative. There's been a lot of protest lately against nuclear power but nuclear power-stations are not as dangerous as some people say. Safety regulations in power-stations are very strict.
4 "We could develop stations which create their own fuel and burn their own waste. In many parts of the world, nuclear power is the only alternative. Just imagine what the world would be like if we didn't have electricity -- no heating, no lighting3, no transport, no radio