It has been a long running tradition in the small, but growing world of pro-nuclear bloggers to give a shoutout, link and welcome to newly discovered bloggers who are writing about nuclear energy in a positive light. Eric McErlain, who was blogging at NEI Nuclear Notes at the time, introduced this technique and it has really worked to help people get their work noticed. It also helps us build a community out of people who live around the world.
With today’s post, I am hoping to start a new traditional greeting – “Another Artist for Nuclear Energy”. I fully realize that writers can fall into the category of “artist”, but in this case I am using the more traditional definition of an artist as one who is creating visual works of art as an expression of beauty and interest.
I recently received a comment from a young lady who has decided to make a project out of creating work that shows the positive side of atomic energy at a site called pop atomic. Here is how she introduces her site:
As an artist and concerned citizen I wonder why not atomic energy?
Okay, it doesn’t have a great reputation, but is that because it is intrinsically bad, or because we have been exposed to too many scary nuclear explosion images? What role do these icons play in our perspective on clean safe energy? And most importantly can I change them?
I have decided to get on board with greats like James Lovelock (Nobel Prize Winner) and Patrick Moore (Founder of Greenpeace) and become a proponent of the “nuclear revolution.” Since I am an artist I will use the tools that I have to support this cause.
This is a fascinating development that deserves encouragement. I am especially impressed because our new artist has recognized that nuclear energy is not just a business, it is a cause. I happen to think it is the most important cause I can possibly support because it has the ability to contribute to easing so many challenges that are facing human society – from the provision of adequate energy supplies, to the smoothing out of wealth distribution, to the creation of energy that does not pollute, and to the increased supply of food and clean water.
I have been fascinated about the artistic aspects of nuclear energy for quite some time. Have you ever just gazed at a picture of a used fuel element and wondered at how bright and shiny it looks even after providing a massive quantity of heat for up to 6 years?
I hope that people who build the new generation of plants devote a portion of their construction budget to the design aspects of the project. Because of the compact and nature of atomic fuel and used material, we have an opportunity to built energy production systems that enhance their landscape, rather than deface it by stacking piles of fuel and ash out in the surrounding yards. Diablo Canyon, pictured below, is close to what I am talking about, but even with this photo it should be evident that we can do better. (Photo courtesy of Jim Zim. More Diablo Canyon photos are available at http://www.zimfamilycockers.com/DiabloCanyon.html
Please take a moment or two to visit pop atomic and see what our anonymous artist is doing.
Aside: One reason that I think that nuclear energy needs as many dedicate and activist supporters as possible is the artist behind pop atomic feels the need to remain anonymous at this time. Here is how she explains that decision on her site:
For reasons of personal safety I will not divulge my identity.
(she says she is “mostly kidding”)
I currently live in an aggressively liberal city and have lefty leanings myself aside from this one issue. That said, the anti-nuclear sentiment in my community makes this experiment particularly challenging.
If you know who I am please do not mention my personal info to any crazy hippies who might endlessly harass me or deface my belongings…Lord knows I don’t want any trouble.
Otherwise, please enjoy the art and stories that come out of this project, and most of all please seriously consider your views on atomic energy. After all that is what this is really about.
If you are an artist and feel inspired to make some “pop atomic” art of your own please send me images to post on the site. Or if you want to participate in an experiment, or even just have a good story or question please contact me at:
Go now and introduce yourself. Show some support so this young lady does not feel so threatened because she supports a technology that has a reputation of being unpopular, even though it just might help save human society from itself.