News (Upper Intermediate)
Canada's Energy Problem
Canada needs more energy, but politicians can’t agree on how to provide it. One idea is to renovate Canada’s aging nuclear reactors. Some say this idea lacks vision. One critic said a nuclear reactor is ‘a slow burning nuclear bomb that boils water.’
In 1997 seven of the oldest reactors were shut down because of safety concerns and poor performance. This is the largest shut down of reactors anywhere in the world.
One area of the country is planning to draw 33 percent of energy from renewable resources by 2016. They are looking at wind and tidal power.
Some people argue
that conservation measures and energy efficient
technologies are the best approach. They argue it is better to reduce
energy consumption than to create more.