This episode presents four scientists and environmentalists making the case for the use of nuclear power.
It’s believed by some people that environmentalists should be against nuclear power — I completely disagree. We are trying to find ways to solve and stop climate change, not fight the possibilities and the ideas for doing that. Nuclear power has improved a lot since the 1970’s, and it’s a strong source of nearly CO2-free power. Nuclear energy is not a political issue, it’s just a form of energy, and for the near future at least, a necessary one. There are many environmentalists who are for the development of new nuclear power, Generation IV or IFR — Integral Fast Reactors. This episode discusses nuclear power, why it may be necessary, why new power plants are safer, and why it might be a good source of heavy-duty power for many years to come.
Read chapter 4 on nuclear power from the new book Prescription for the Planet, — “Newclear Power” — by downloading it here. Author Tom Blees has generously decided to put this chapter (pg 117 — 139) on the web to allow a more rapid dissemination of the basic facts about IFR to everyone you know (family, friends, fellow environmentalists, politicians, the media) — so please do pass on the link: http://tinyurl.com/cwvn8n
Also visit the site for the book and download chapter 1. This notification came from a very good spot online for energy information: Brave New Climate.
More on the The Integral Fast Reactor (IFR) project here.
Also interesting: George Monbiot does not reject nuclear power. Neither does climate scientist James Hansen, or UK scientist James Lovelock. Neither does Energy Secretary Steven Chu. If nuclear will be a necessary power source for the future, when can we start building them?
Nuclear Energy Must Power Our Future — an Intelligence Squared debate, and two viewpoints on nuclear energy are in this episode.
Music: Afro Celt Sound System “Dark Moon, High Tide”