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Nuclear energy: a case for fear-defying sustainability

Published on March 20, 2023   40 min

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Interviewer: Today, I'm interviewing Professor Emeritus of International Relations, America University and Research Scholar, University of Massachusetts USA, Joshua S. Goldstein on his op-ed in the New York Times of 6th of April 2019, headed ''Nuclear Power Can Save The World, '' written with Staffan A. Qvist and Steven Pinker. Listeners were expected to have read the op-ed before listening to this interview. Professor Goldstein, thank you for sparing the time today. The op-ed is as the genre declares an expression of opinion. Your argument rests on the proposition that in the design and building of nuclear power stations, mass production is cheaper and that variation in application does not detract from that conclusion. What did you and your co-authors do to form, without caveat, that opinion? I am, as you can see, interested in the first instance in the process of opinion formation, not in the conclusion reached. Professor Goldstein. Prof. Goldstein: Well, thank you. It's great to be with you. This began with the proposition that climate change is a big issue that challenges us in the matter of scale. The scale of the changes that are needed, the amount of energy that's needed, the amount of shift in a very rapid time that has

Nuclear energy: a case for fear-defying sustainability

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