I hope everyone gets the opportunity to catch this episode of Frontline on PBS: Nuclear Aftershocks — one that essentially claims that nuclear energy is both unacceptably dangerous but completely necessary. I’m reminded of the way Amory Lovins begins his current-day presentations: “Which would you rather die from? Nuclear holocaust, drowning from rising sea levels, respiratory disease, or terrorist attacks and social chaos from the demand for increasingly scarce oil?” I have to admit; it’s a great way to capture an audience’s attention.
“Aftershocks” did a great deal to explore the dangers of nuclear energy, while presenting some semblance of the case for renewable energy. But the treatment of solar, wind, etc. in this one-hour show should have been longer, less simplistic, and less dominated by the nuclear industry and other groups with obvious vested interests in competitive technologies. We had to listen to a nuclear spokesperson trying to convince the audience: “(Renewables won’t be abundant and affordable) until I’m gone, you’re gone, and all our children are gone.” That’s simply false, you shameless pawn of an industry without morals.