NPR (!) airs a rational story on nuclear power

Not too surprising because it’s an interview conducted by Scott Simon, NPR’s best news host, I think. Simon interviews Stewart Brand, my generation’s hero for his Whole Earth catalogues and asks tough questions as Brand explains how he went from a fierce opponent of nuclear power to a strong advocate. The audio link won’t be posted until noon, but if you missed the show, it’s well worth clicking here later in the day.


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5 responses to “NPR (!) airs a rational story on nuclear power

  1. Retired IB'er

    To my mind, nuclear reactors have been the only viable “current” solution to our energy needs for quite sometime. Was glad to see Obama’s $8 billion initiative.

    The benefits far outweigh the risks: especially when you consider the real costs of oil to the US (our on-going “war for oil” adventures in Iraq, fighting petro dollar funded terrorism, pollution, etc.)

    Of course, don’t put that reactor in my backyard… 😉

  2. Quant Head

    Interestly, the deceased Kenneth Rowe, formerly of Greenwich, had more than a dozen nuke plants in the design phase at his firm, when Three Mile Island melted down in 1979. They were all cancelled.

    Meanwhile, France is something like 60% nuke power.

    This is the obvious solution to the climate change and foreign oil problem at the same time.

    Nevertheless, cold fusion from the ocean store of heavy hydrogen will be the answer in the long run.

  3. pulled up in OG

    The last one we built was a teardown, and it wasn’t even in Greenwich. 100% built, tested, and never put a friggin’ watt online.

    I think Shoreham went for $8B. Nice piece of change back then, chicken feed these days.

  4. pulled up in OG

    Still have that old Whole Earth downstairs. Have to dig it out tomorrow for a good laugh.

  5. Arouet

    It’s not difficult to find climate change scientists who support nuclear energy because it produces no carbon emissions. Moreover, flora and fauna are troubled less by radiation than by human presence (Chernobyl, for example, is rumored to be one of the most biodiverse locations on the planet).