In the wake of the Fukushima disaster, the U.S. is struggling to define its nuclear energy future. In California, nuclear power has traditionally played a substantial role the energy mix, but the San Onofre plant hasn’t produced power since January 2012, and many question the safety of the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant, which is near active fault lines. Proponents of nuclear, including PG&E, point out that the continued use of nuclear power will be essential to meeting the energy goals of the future.
By exposing the controversy within the environmental community, Pandora’s Promise asks whether nuclear could save our planet from a climate catastrophe, while providing the energy needed to lift billions of people in the developing world out of poverty. Join Climate One for a post-screening conversation on nuclear energy and the role it might play in achieving a cleaner energy future.
Severin Borenstein, Co-director, Energy Institute at Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley
Michael Shellenberger, President, Breakthrough Institute