April 18, 2005

Environmental Heresies

This is definitely worth a read: Environmental Heresies, a short piece in Technology Review in which Stewart Brand proposes some flipflops that the green movement should take. He makes good arguments for a fresh look at urbanization, genetic engineering, population growth and nuclear power.

Brand's Whole Earth Catalog was a fixture on the coffee tables of my youth, so he's got a lot of streetcred with Boomers. It will be interesting to see if his ideas take root.


At 12:55 PM, James Aach said...

You might be interested to know that Stewart Brand has recently endorsed a techno-thriller novel about the American nuclear power industry, written by a longtime nuclear engineer (me). This book provides an entertaining and accurate portrait of the nuclear industry today and how a nuclear accident would be handled. It is called “Rad Decision”, and is currently running as a serial at RadDecision.blogspot.com. There is no cost to readers.

One thing missing in the nuclear energy debate is a firm grasp of the American nuclear industry today – just what exactly is going on behind the security fence? As a longtime nuclear worker, I can state that few outside the industry have a clear picture of this. Unfortunately TV, movies, magazines and academic books have not captured the real story in a way the general public can understand and appreciate. Things are much different than you might imagine. (Both good and bad.)

Those interested in future energy issues will benefit by taking a look at Rad Decision - - and they will be entertained as well.


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