A couple of weeks ago, Blogginghead.tv featured a conversation between John Horgan and George Johnson about nuclear energy. John expressed huge reservations about the technology, and George did not defend it very strongly. I contacted John Horgan and shared some thoughts about comments that he made during that discussion. He graciously invited me onto his Science Saturday program as a guest to be interviewed about atomic energy. Here is our discussion, recorded on Saturday April 24.
Update: (Posted at 0250 on May 2, 2010) During the conversation, I made at least two verbal “typos”. When describing nuclear plant containments, I said “3 inch thick” when I meant to say “3 feet thick”. When talking about the US inventory of U-238, I said it was approximately “900 million tons” when it is really approximately 900 thousand tons. I apologize for the errors; they were unintentional. If anyone is a registered user at bloggingheads.tv and can correct the record in the forum there, I would appreciate it.
Scientific American Guest Blog by John Horgan (March 30, 2010) – Obama’s nuclear policy takes one step forward and two steps back.