Gordon McDowell is a Canadian film-maker who has a strong interest in molten salt reactors using thorium. However, he is also supportive of other forms of nuclear energy as beneficial sources of emission-free energy. You can find more of his work on his YouTube channel.
Like many of my associates and colleagues, Gordon has a difficult time understanding how someone can both be terribly concerned about CO2 emissions AND also be adamantly opposed to the use of nuclear energy.
In the above 2-hour video, Gordon has put together a powerful documentary that contrasts the efforts of people who are motivated to make the world a better place by taking advantage of the natural characteristics of actinide fuel sources like uranium and thorium with the efforts of a woman who was inspired by a fictional story about destruction of humanity by a nuclear war to dedicate her life to fighting any and all uses of nuclear energy.
Not only does Dr. Caldicott credit her teenaged reading of Neville Shute’s On the Beach for her life-long passion for the fight against nuclear energy, but she also credits what she learned about Muller’s fruit fly experiments in a course she took as a first year pre-med for her insistence that all radiation is deadly and will cause cancer. There is no evidence that she has ever questioned these core beliefs.
Even casual viewers should recognize that Dr. Caldicott is a deeply pessimistic, irrational speaker, who accuses nuclear energy professionals of being sociopaths and equivalent to war criminals (Time mark – 1:52:10). While you are watching, please remember that she is also someone who is in high demand for appearances at college campuses, community meetings and on nation-wide media programs.
How did our supposedly rational society get to the point where someone like Caldicott is considered by such a wide range of people to be a respectable source of information?