Grasselli Brown-Cutler Scholar Gabriel Weinstein selected as winner of India Future of Change Essay Contest
Grasselli Brown-Cutler Scholar Gabriel Weinstein recently earned a great honor – he was selected as a winner of the India Future of Change Essay Contest. This international contest invites students from around the world to submit journalism, photography, poster designs, visual arts presentations, and business plans with the intent of promoting the future of India and its part in a global culture. Gabe’s piece, entitled The Nuclear Illusion and submitted under the topic “Is nuclear power the answer to ending India’s energy deficit”, has earned him a 15-day all-expenses-paid vacation to select destinations in India. He is also one of twenty finalists competing for a grand prize of either $5,000 or a 4-week internship with the Financial Times.
“India has always been on my radar screen and I am thrilled that I have the opportunity to go,” he said. “I learned a lot from my research but I anticipate learning even more when I visit. You really learn about a country by eating the food, speaking with people and experiencing daily life.”
Gabe’s article powerfully questions whether nuclear power is really the solution for a growing energy crisis. He iterates India’s rocky history with nuclear power, and emphasizes the dangerous steps the country took to provide power to its people in a cost-effective way. He emphasizes several studies which have shown that nuclear power may not be as cost effective as we hope, and highlights India’s failure to incorporate the cost of waste removal in its budgets. He also points out that India did not sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, and actually conducted nuclear weapons tests in 2008. Gabe concludes clearly and succinctly, “A review of historical shortcomings in nuclear policy, reliance on methods deemed dangerous and potential environmental hazards deem nuclear power an insufficient solution for India’s energy future. “
We are very proud of Gabe for his submission and for his accomplishment. Cutler Scholars truly are world-changers and deep-thinkers. Congratulations, Gabe!