It has taken me a couple of days to get around to finish watching the talk that Dr. John Holdren, Director, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, gave to MIT students as the speaker for the 2010 David J. Rose Lectureship in Nuclear Technology. Dr. Holdren gave his talk, titled The Energy / Climate-Change Challenge and the Role of Nuclear Energy in Meeting It, on October 25, 2010.
Though I disagree with the way that he told the story and I disagree with the “no silver bullet” philosophy expressed, I recognize that Dr. Holdren is a politician as well as a scientist, so it is sometimes necessary to listen very carefully in order to get the important messages. I found the below clip to be very interesting and thought it was worth emphasizing and sharing.
As Holdren clearly indicates – fighting a battle against both continued dependence on fossil fuels and against the continued emissions of massive quantities of greenhouse gases into our shared atmosphere will be far easier with a growing nuclear energy industry that without it.
Download the slides from the presentation.