Will We Ever Stop Using Unsafe Energy?

The Takeaway

Tokyo’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is said to be registering at 100-thousand times the normal level of radiation following the Sendai earthquake three weeks ago. Is the breach at Fukushima further proof that, in our search for energy independence, nuclear power may just be an uncontrollable gambit? Or is there a safer means to extract the power of the atom? Does fail-safe technology really exist? For the answers, we speak to  Olli Heinonen  and  Lisa Margonelli. Olli Heinonen is a former deputy director general for the International Atomic Energy Agency and currently a visiting scholar at Harvard’s Kennedy School. Lisa Margonelli, is a fellow at the New American Foundation where she writes about the global culture and the economy of energy. Lisa is also the author of “Oil On the Brain: Petroleum’s Long Strange Trip to Your Tank.”

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