Atomic Show #098 – Chris Nelder, Co-Author of Profit from the Peak
Chris Nelder, who co-wrote Profit from the Peak with Brian Hicks, is worried about energy supplies. He favors conservation, population control, wind, solar and geothermal. He is pessimistic about nuclear.
I was recently offered the opportunity to read a review copy of Profit from the Peak by Brian Hicks and Chris Nelder. The book, despite its attention grabbing title, is really a thoughtful work that digs deeply into the challenges that the world faces in the near future in providing the plentiful energy that has made the modern economy possible.
The authors and I agree on many of the symptoms of trouble and even on the diagnosis that the people on the earth are running headlong off of a cliff if they do not take action to change direction. When it comes to the prescription for the cure, however, we have a rather substantial difference in perspective.
Chris Nelder agreed to come on the show and discuss his book, his analysis of the energy situation and his prescription.
Chris is a former software engineer and technical writer who developed a deep interest in energy topics. I am a former nuclear submarine engineer officer who also has developed a deep and wide interest in energy topics.
I think you will enjoy the discussion.
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When discussing atomic power, your guest said, “The public doesn’t seem to want it.” He must not be aware of a recent Zogby poll showing 67% in favor of nuclear energy in the US.
Chris doesn’t seem to have his facts correct about anything. He has no clue about what is factually going on in the nuclear indutry so why should I believe has has any better knowledge about oil or anything else he says. I have been getting the “Ebergy and Capital” newsletter for months and all they seem to do is push sertain stocks.
I would greatly enjoy a monologue of you discussing his book rather than interviewing.
Very interesting interview, Rod. Chris Nelder has no idea how inconsistent he is. He relentlessly minimizes the potentials of new nuclear technologies, while imagining that new technologies will dramatically lower the cost of renewables. Nelder does not see the implicit bias of his thinking.
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