The opening of the film “Pandora’s Promise,” a new documentary by director Robert Stone, provides familiar coverage of a spirited protest against the opening of the Indian Point Energy Center in New York state.

But within a few minutes, the film takes an unexpected turn as a half-dozen well-known former anti-nuclear activists and long-time environmentalists describe the philosophical sea change each underwent in recent years to support the increased use nuclear energy in the United States.

In the 90-minute film shown Wednesday at Washington & Jefferson College’s Burnett Center, Stone explores the question, “How can you be an environmentalist and not be in favor of nuclear energy?”

By Michael Bradwell

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