I know, nuclear energy has long had a bad name in the US. I believe, however, that it is an essential part of our future energy portfolio. Nuclear energy is clean, its generation is efficient, its resources are still abundant. Yes, nuclear waste treatment is a great concern. But, what are the current alternatives? I would rather deal with nuclear waste, for which I think we can find solutions, than with an increase in coal-based electricity generation.
To start a debate on the pros and cons of nuclear energy, and hopefully clarify some of the issues associated with it, I talked with Professor Burton Richter, Professor Emeritus at Stanford University, former director of the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, and 1976 nobel prize winner. This is part I of a series that I hope you’ll find insightful.