Bobby Kennedy Jr. calls it “an elaborate hoax,” but scientists are on my side.
My film Pandora’s Promise
has, not surprisingly, generated a heated debate among my fellow environmentalists. That’s a good thing. But the guardians of environmental orthodoxy are up in arms because my film questions their perceived wisdom about how to tackle the danger of climate change. They don’t want you to see this film.
Whatever your views are about nuclear energy, and mine were very negative for most of my life, we are in desperate need of powerful and scalable clean-energy technologies if we are avert a climate catastrophe. I made this film to spark a more robust public discourse about possible solutions for climate change, and I believe that critics who would shut down this discussion before it even starts are not serving the public interest.
I am not alone in thinking that next-generation nuclear energy is an essential part of the solution to protect future generations. The film has received vigorous support and factual verification from the scientific community.
There are a growing-number of liberals and greens
who feel the same way. After seeing my film in the months since it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, Virgin's Richard Branson
and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen
, came on to the film as executive producers to aid in the film’s visibility and distribution. Jeffrey Sachs
, Bill Gates
, James Lovelock
, and President Obama
have all spoken out in support of nuclear energy. Hansen, a respected climate scientist and an advocate for next-generation nuclear power, recently published a scientific paper
showing that nuclear energy has actually saved
more than 1.6 million lives, by displacing coal.
By Robert Stone
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