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The documentary looks at the source and the reasoning behind the no-nuke movement. It reveals the basis for those fears without mocking them. It then dives into the actual, non-political science behind nuclear power's past, failures, and present. It is done in a non-threatening manner that is interesting compelling.
I watched this movie with my wife and son (17 yrs old) and all three of us were left with a feeling of reserved hope that others will watch this and support a future where we can cease being dependent on fossil fuels.
I tend to trust the film because I am familiar with Mark Lynas - his excellent book Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet is what opened my eyes to the seriousness of climate change.
Questions around power generation and the environment tend to be decided by emotion and partisanship, fueled by ignorant journalists. This movie calmly and rationally presents facts. Are they accurate? I don't know. But I am generally informed about the issues discussed and they didn't say anything that contradicts what I've learned in the past. I did, however, learn a lot of specifics from this film.
The example of France is hard to dispute. (And they aren't even using the safer, more modern designs, I believe.) France shows if you do things right (unlike Chernobyl, Fukushima, Three Mike Island) nuclear can be a good solution. I would be scared if places like Zimbabwe or Guatemala went nuclear. And I would hope future plants are not located so close to population centers, to be on the safe side. But first world countries should certainly consider it, if this film is correct. And it's the first world that needs to reduce fossil fuels - we're pumping out most of it.
Even if we used just enough nuclear to eliminate coal, that would be a huge win. Remember, coal has huge disadvantages besides also being so CO2-dirty. The reason you can't eat much tuna, for example, is mercury pollution largely from coal burning.
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It answers the most pressing concerns and objections that environmentalists have, because the star and director of the film had those same views before. The evidence is compelling.
That said, I'm still not buying the nuclear renaissance. Fukushima showed that Murphy's Law has certainly not been repealed (although it still wasn't nearly as bad as some of the more ridiculous claims of the death-of-the-Pacific-Ocean nutjobs). Fukushima can't be simply dismissed as Chernobyl, as just a symptom of a collapsing system. One of the participants in the film said as much, and said it well.
The major part of the picture that Pandora's promise is deafeningly silent on is economics. If you want to generate most the world's electricity by nukes, as in France, how much is it going to cost to build all those plants, and later take care of the waste and decommissioning? Unlike wind and solar, nukes don't easily lend themselves to cost reduction, and they cannot easily be built quickly and in small units to match shifting demand. They also don't say anything quantitative about the economics of the competitors (basically, again wind and solar, and a bit from a few other things such as geothermal). I was about to say that this would've made the film more convincing. But maybe it wouldn't; that, in fact, is the problem.
However it does not give you the complete details on the differences alternative Nuclear Reactors/Energy options out there, but it does mentioned some of them. But it is comprehensive in term of political perspective.
I had to paid to watch this documentary, as you can not watch it for free with Amazon Prime membership, and I did not regret it. Must watch for anyone who has a view, good or bad, on Nuclear Energy.
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