November 8th, 2013
05:41 PM ET

Pandora's Promise: Can nuclear energy stop climate change?

The CNN Film Pandora's Promise looks at the debate over nuclear power and whether it could help combat climate change. Some environmentalists are not willing to risk future disasters along the lines of Chernobyl, Three Mile Island or Fukushima, even if it means reducing the world's reliance on fossil fuels. Anderson took a closer look at these issues with filmmaker Robert Stone, climate scientist James Hansen and Dale Bryk of  Natural Resources Defense Council.

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  1. juliadaybyday

    Part of my sentence was cut off. It should read, "This book correctly anticipated the problems the Sodium Reactor Experiment would have if the scientists were unable to conduct calibration experiments and use the proper materials to follow the design specifications. This reactor was located on the border of Simi Valley and Chatsworth, California.

    June 5, 2014 at 3:44 pm |
  2. juliadaybyday

    The Sodium Graphite Reactor was located in the Simi Valley and Chatsworth foothills in Southern California.

    June 5, 2014 at 3:41 pm |
  3. juliadaybyday

    I am amazed that the problems with the materials used to build the reactors has not been addressed. The specifications call for ZircAloy but pure zirconium was used instead. Since zirconium oxidizes at a lower temperature, 900 degrees Fahrenheit rather than 1600 degrees Fahrenheit. This is a large temperature difference and will continue to be the cause of the "meltdown" of the reactor cores. Material fatigue from temperature fluctuations is the main reason the reactors overheating. This information is from, Sodium Graphite Reactors by Chauncey Star and Robert W. Dickerson published in 1958 by Addison-Wesley Publishing Company. This book correctly anticipated Valley/Chatsworth, California. Unfortunately, other types of reactors were built using similar designs.

    June 5, 2014 at 3:40 pm |
  4. Paul G

    Anderson, thanks for focusing on a significant energy supply issue in this country. While I am not an expert I have been connected to both the energy supply and energy demand side of the equation for years and have been very disapointed in the publics understanding of nuclear power as well as the ability of the energy industry to move forward aggressively in providing none carbon producing energy sources. France has perfected the model...we should all take careful notice!

    November 10, 2013 at 4:33 pm |

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