Occasionally I run into people who are opposed to nuclear who tell me that they fight it because we do not need the power. They forget that about 35-50% of the electricity in the United States comes from burning as much as 1.1 billion tons of coal per year. It is important to me that people understand the implications of choosing other energy alternatives that do the same job as nuclear energy.
Living well requires us to be able to rationally discuss and select alternatives using the best available information. Not everyone accepts information in the same way; it is worthwhile to occasionally tell the story with moving pictures as well as text, equations, charts and graphs in an academic paper.