A few months ago, I had an encouraging discussion with an open minded science writer named John Horgan. John had appeared on a Bloggingheads.tv video with George Johnson and expressed some strong anti-nuclear feelings, especially about the Indian Point nuclear plant near his home in New York.
I contacted him via email to offer counter arguments to some of the points that he made. John invited me to meet with him for a Bloggingheads.tv discussion. During that chat, John asked some penetrating questions and listened carefully to the answers. That discussion helped me to remember that there are intelligent and well-educated people who have been taught to respond negatively to nuclear energy. Many of them are willing to listen and learn.
After our discussion, John wrote a blog on Scientific American titled Maybe nuclear power isn’t so bad after all.
He has written another one after taking a tour of the Indian Point nuclear plant and reading Gwyneth Cravens’s excellent journey of discovery titled Power to Save the World: The Truth About Nuclear Energy. This one is titled Nuclear fall in: Why I’m becoming a pro-nuke nut.
It is heart warming to read about Horgan’s continuing pursuit of more nuclear knowledge. It is time for the nuclear industry to adopt a version of the Syms tagline – an educated consumer is our best customer.