Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Perpetual uncertainty

I just accepted an offer to give a talk on nuclear and climate in relation to the exhibition "Perpetual Uncertainty". Fortunately, the event is not until 26th of March next year so I still have time to figure out the best way of defusing this delicate topic. As much as I have become convinced about the ecological benefits of nuclear, I have no problem understanding the psychological and social obstacles that nuclear technologies are up against. As no other energy source, nuclear activates our deepest existential fears even as it holds the promise of a world remade in which all people can live prosperous lives without endangering the environment. Of course, for us in the rich world, it is perfectly possible to continue treating chronic poverty abroad as the solution to the climate crisis while downing another flat white, but such hypocrisy does come at a high moral cost.

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