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From the Ted Talk by Michael Shellenberger: How fear of nuclear power is hurting the environment

Unscramble the Blue Letters

I looked at my ceaoullges and I was like, "Excuse me — can you guys speed that up a little bit? Because we're in a little bit of a cliamte crisis right now. And your ceiits are really polluted, by the way." And they responded back, they were like, "I'm not sure what you've heard about our thorium program, but we don't have a third of our budget, and your drmtepaent of energy hasn't been particularly forthcoming with all that data you guys have on testing rroatces." And I said, "Well, I've got an idea. You know how you've got 10 years where you're demonstrating that reactor? Let's just skip that part, and let's just go right to commercializing it. That will save money and time." And the engineer just leookd at me and said, "Let me ask you a question: Would you buy a car that had never been demonstrated before?"

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I looked at my __________ and I was like, "Excuse me — can you guys speed that up a little bit? Because we're in a little bit of a _______ crisis right now. And your ______ are really polluted, by the way." And they responded back, they were like, "I'm not sure what you've heard about our thorium program, but we don't have a third of our budget, and your __________ of energy hasn't been particularly forthcoming with all that data you guys have on testing ________." And I said, "Well, I've got an idea. You know how you've got 10 years where you're demonstrating that reactor? Let's just skip that part, and let's just go right to commercializing it. That will save money and time." And the engineer just ______ at me and said, "Let me ask you a question: Would you buy a car that had never been demonstrated before?"

Solution

  1. looked
  2. colleagues
  3. cities
  4. reactors
  5. department
  6. climate

Original Text

I looked at my colleagues and I was like, "Excuse me — can you guys speed that up a little bit? Because we're in a little bit of a climate crisis right now. And your cities are really polluted, by the way." And they responded back, they were like, "I'm not sure what you've heard about our thorium program, but we don't have a third of our budget, and your department of energy hasn't been particularly forthcoming with all that data you guys have on testing reactors." And I said, "Well, I've got an idea. You know how you've got 10 years where you're demonstrating that reactor? Let's just skip that part, and let's just go right to commercializing it. That will save money and time." And the engineer just looked at me and said, "Let me ask you a question: Would you buy a car that had never been demonstrated before?"

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