Karen Street, a former electrical engineer and science/math teacher, recently did a lengthy and absolutely engrossing interview with a Wisconsin-based spiritual radio station, on the subject of nuclear energy. Karen used to oppose it, but as you will hear her explain, she discovered, in the course of a 1995 research project, some excellent reasons to support it. You can listen to the interview by clicking here.
The interview is pretty lengthy, and it is preceded by music that one might associate with the spiritual progressive left. But it is well worth your while. The interviewer is thoughtful and respectful, and Karen is just very knowledgeable, well spoken, and very interesting.
Karen also publishes a blog, called A Musing Environment. Check it out, it is very interesting and well written.
In my experience, the spiritual progressive left is not crawling with pro-nuclear people. In fact, quite the opposite. But it is easy to generalize about groups, and often those generalizations are wrong. I am always happy when my pre-conceptions are proven wrong—one of the beauties of this world is that it sometimes gives you a pleasant surprise.
This makes me dream of the possibility that some of the really compelling arguments in favour of nuclear energy—its tiny environmental footprint, its safety, its low cost—might find their way through the membrane of ideology that currently blocks them.
Karen has done an excellent job of increasing the permeability of that membrane.
Once again, listen to the interview here.