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Peter Schwartz and Ralph Cavanaugh: Nuclear Power, Climate Change and the Next 10,000 Years

Peter Schwartz of the Global Business Network said it is the threat of “abrupt climate change” that converted him to support new emphasis on nuclear power. Gradual global warming is clearly now under way, and there is increasing reason to believe that human activity is driving it, mostly through the burning of coal and oil. If warming is all that happens, it will be an enormous problem, but some regions of the Earth would gain (Russia, Canada) while many others would lose.

Ralph Cavanagh of the Natural Resources Defense Counsel agreed that messing with the atmosphere and thus the climate is a “suicidal” experiment for humanity to be conducting, and it has to be stopped. He agreed that nuclear should not be considered taboo and should be included as a candidate clean power source, but proposed that the economics of nuclear will cause it to lose out to other technologies such as solar and wind

Speakers: Peter Schwartz and Ralph Cavanaugh
Director: Chris Baldwin, Shoulder High Productions
Producer: Stewart Brand and The Long Now Foundation
Studio: Whole Earth Films
DVD FORMAT: NTSC, Widescreen
Region: All Regions
Language: English
Number of discs: 1
Rating: Unrated
Release date: January 13, 2006
Duration: 100 minutes

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