The Worldwatch Institute has released a flawed, but very interesting video of Worldwatch President Christopher Flavin, speaking yesterday in Washington D.C. on the future of the nuclear energy industry. It is flawed because – although those in Flavin’s live audience can see the charts he represents – the video does not show them. Still, Flavin does a good job describing the slides, and I got the gist of what he was saying from watching this video. Flavin’s main point appears to be that the nuclear renaissance of which many speak is nothing of the kind.
When I posted a video last week showing Bill Nye speaking about Japan’s Fukushima plant, several people complained loudly that Bill Nye is not an expert on nuclear power. To all who complained, please watch this video. Christopher Flavin is an expert. In addition to being the Worldwatch Institute president, he is also a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences Board on Energy and Environmental Systems, the Climate Institute, and the Environmental and Energy Study Institute. His research and writing focus is international energy and climate policy.
Deborah Byrd created the EarthSky radio series in 1991 and founded EarthSky.org in 1994. Today, she serves as Editor-in-Chief of this website. She has won a galaxy of awards from the broadcasting and science communities, including having an asteroid named 3505 Byrd in her honor. A science communicator and educator since 1976, Byrd believes in science as a force for good in the world and a vital tool for the 21st century. "Being an EarthSky editor is like hosting a big global party for cool nature-lovers," she says.