Gwyneth Cravens, a former anti-nuclear activist is a switcher who has just published a new book titled “Power to Save the World: The Truth About Nuclear Energy”. The tour guide for the journey that changed her mind was Rip Anderson, a scientist with a long history in nuclear research. Part I of a two part interview.
Gwyneth Cravens is an accomplished journalist and novelist who also fought vigorously against the Shoreham nuclear power plant project on her native Long Island. Years after being involved in that successful effort to halt the use of a plant that took more than a decade to build and cost more than $6 billion dollars, she began a lengthy conversation with Rip Anderson.
Rip is a scientist with a wide range of interests including oceanography, chemistry and probabilistic risk assessment. He has worked on a number of nuclear projects during his career and he patiently answered Gwyneth’s probing questions as she became less and less sure of the basis for her opposition.
The end result of the long conversation spread over several months was an invitation on a journey of discovery – Rip volunteered to guide Gwyneth on a series of personal visits to various stages in the uranium business. She visited mines, processing facilities, storage sites, and a power plant. She also visited the competition; her book includes a description of a coal fired power plant that would fit well in Dante’s Inferno.
Please have a listen to part I of this interview and then immediately ask your podcatching client to go look for the second part. I think you will enjoy this chat – Gwyneth and Rip are fascinating people with a real story to tell.
You should be able to find Power to Save the World at your local bookstore. It is scheduled for a national release on 30 October. If your local store is not stocking it, ask them why not.
Of course, you can also order it from Amazon at Power to Save the World.
If you want to find out more about Gwyneth and her journey, visit her site at Gwyneth Cravens: The Truth About Nuclear Energy and Our Changing Climate.