'Pandora's Promise': why greens are warming to nuclear power(Read article summary)
'Pandora's Promise,' a documentary on environmentalists' shifting attitude toward nuclear power, airs on CNN tonight at 9 p.m. ET. Even if you are skeptical about nuclear energy, Adams writes, you owe it to yourself to consider the point of view put forth in 'Pandora's Promise.'
What would happen if everything you knew about nuclear energy was wrong? This is the question raised by environmentalists interviewed in the blockbuster documentary hitÂ Pandoraâ€™s Promise, which airs tonight onÂ CNNÂ at 9 p.m. eastern time (8 p.m. central time).
The groundbreaking film by Academy Award-nominated director Robert Stone follows the path of several leading environmentalists as their research convinces them to shift from opposing to supporting nuclear energy. In the film, environmentalists Stuart Brand, Gwyneth Cravens, Mark Lynas, Michael Shellenberger, and other experts discuss the important role that nuclear energy plays in combating climate change.
Stone has been making the talk show rounds in advance of tonightâ€™s broadcast premiere,Â debatingÂ Robert Kennedy Jr. on the Piers Morgan show and also Van Jones from the program â€śCrossfire.â€ť There is even a goodÂ conversationÂ with Stone in the Huffington Post. There are also good discussions under way at NEIâ€™sÂ Nuclear NotesÂ and CNAâ€™sÂ TalkNuclear.
As the world leader in nuclear energy, itâ€™s no surprise that AREVAâ€™s technologies and facilities figure prominently in the film. In the summer of 2011, Stone and cinematographer Howard Shack filmed theÂ Chalon-St. MarcelÂ equipment fabrication facility,Â La HagueÂ fuel recycling plant, theÂ FlamanvilleÂ EPRâ„˘ reactor construction site, and other locations in France.
Even if you are skeptical about nuclear energy, you owe it to yourself to consider this filmâ€™s point of view. According to the Sundance Film Festival where the film debuted in January: â€śWhatever your stance, Stoneâ€™s compelling film opens Pandoraâ€™s Box and promises to change the conversation for years to come.â€ť