Gail Marcus, who blogs at Nuclear Power Talk, shared a story on Saturday November 14, 2009 about a song contest that she supported during her tenure as president of the American Nuclear Society. It was inspired by memories of the artistic work produced during the Great Depression with government support that was designed not just to provide jobs to singers and song writers, but also to help educate the public about the long term benefits of investing government money into building new hydroelectric dams.
I have come to realize that hydroelectric dams and nuclear power plants have a great deal in common. They both require a significant capital investment, they both provide a large number of construction jobs, they both produce electricity without any air pollution and they both raise the ire of the fossil fuel industry.
With the help of people like Gail, who shared this story and video on her blog and Kevin McCoy who wrote the song and produced the video with help from a company singing group called “Tritium”, perhaps hydroelectric dams and nuclear energy will have one more thing in common – the use of music to share their story.