This weekend, ScienceBloggers discussed the virtues and downfalls of a world run on modern nuclear power. Benjamin Cohen sparked the dialogue on The World’s Fair with an interview with author and environmentalist Rebecca Solnit, famous for her opposition to nuclear power. Within just a few hours, Built on Fact’s Matt Springer responded, categorically arguing against Solnit’s piece and citing events at Chernobyl as an overly hyped specter. “Chernobyl is to modern nuclear power as bloodletting is to penicillin,” he says. Ethan Siegel followed in suit on Starts with a Bang, where he offered compromise by pointing out that “any non-renewable energy source is not ‘the answer’ to our energy problems,” but also mentions “how superior in every way nuclear power is” to alternatives such as coal. Will the planet be a cleaner, safer, more sustainable place by creating jobs for more Homer Simpsons, or are we opening the floodgates for a bunch of Blinkies, Springfield Nuclear Power Plant’s three-eyed fish?
- Nuclear is not “the answer”; slowing down in a sped-up culture is an act of resistance; and more from Rebecca Solnit on The World’s Fair
- Nuclear Power on Built on Facts
- A Labor Day Special: Laboring for the Earth and Big Science on Starts With a Bang
- Nuclear Power on Deltoid