Is Nuclear Power Necessary? | On Point – IS THIS STILL A SERIOUS QUESTION? (Not if global survival is our goal)

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


David Unger, energy editor the Christian Science Monitor. (@dungerdunger)

Josh Freed, vice president for the clean energy program at the Washington, D.C. think tank Third Way. (@jsfreed)

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.

Mark Jacobson, professor of civil and environmental engineering and director of the Atmosphere and Energy Program at Stanford University. Author of “Air Pollution and Global Warming.” (@mzjacobson)

For some background information see:

More generally:

and in Massachusetts:

Consider the scope of nuclear technology developed within the life time or those still alive….

As well as recent Cambridge Community Television programs:

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Transition Studies

Global Climate Change
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