This May 3, 2011 aerial photo shows the Seabrook nuclear power plant in Seabrook, N.H. The impending retirement of Massachusetts’ only nuclear power plant could roil energy markets across New England. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)
With guest host Jane Clayson.
Will it take nuclear power – a lot more nuclear power – to save the world from climate change? The debate is on. In Paris and beyond.
The world leaders have made their speeches and gone home. Their negotiators and technocrats are still in Paris, at the climate summit, trying to turn their bosses’ words into a real deal. But even if this turns out to be a diplomatic triumph, it still only gets the world halfway to the goal of stopping the rise in carbon. The focus is on renewables –wind, solar—and who pays for what. But experts on the sidelines say that’s not enough –you have to go nuclear –a lot of nuclear plants across the planet—to get to where we need to be. This hour, On Point, climate, carbon and nuclear energy.
— Jane Clayson
Allison Macfarlane, director of the Center for International Science and Technology Policy at George Washington University’s Elliot School of International Affairs. Former chair of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
For some background information see:
- The Nuclear Comeback – Trailer & Film
- America’s Nuclear Waste: A Forgotten Ticking Timebomb
- Cover Up: What You Are Not Supposed to Know about Nuclear Power: Karl Grossman
- Obama’s Link to Nuclear Energy
- Japan, US Move to Expand Nuclear Power Programs Despite Contamination at Fukushima & New Mexico
- 70 YEARS OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS: AT WHAT COST?
- Nuclear Catastrophe: How Much Risk are You Willing to Accept? With Eric Schlosser
- Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety: Eric Schlosser
and in Massachusetts:
- Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant Closure Press Announcement- October 13, 2015
- Safely decommissioning Pilgrim nuclear power plant could take decades – The Boston Globe
- How Do You Decommission A Nuclear Power Plant?
Consider the scope of nuclear technology developed within the life time or those still alive….
As well as recent Cambridge Community Television programs:
- Trying to Remember Not to Forget: Japan, Humankind and Our Collective Nuclear Quagmire
- Radioactive Memories: Japan’s Ongoing Nuclear Nightmares and Their Global Ethical Significance
- Key Elements of Transition Studies: Rethinking Food, Water and Energy for Human Survival in a Changing Climate
- Nuclear Power Plants from Virginia to Vermont Could Be Impacted from Massive Hurricane Sandy
- Real Problems – False Solutions: Climate Change & The “Nuclear Option”