BURN: An Energy Journal

BURN: An Energy Journal

Sun, 03/11/2012 - 9:00pm

Pictured: Alex Chadwick

AM 1370 presents the new monthly series BURN: An Energy Journal, hosted by one of public radio’s most trusted journalists and master storytellers, Alex Chadwick. Alex will explore our energy future through the intimate stories of visionaries of research, maverick inventors, industry insiders, and concerned citizens. These personal stories will help explain how and why we face an energy crisis, the dilemma of the continuing demand for energy, the realities and consequences of a mostly carbon-based industry and infrastructure, and some possible alternatives and personal/global solutions to what looks increasingly to be an ever more grim energy and climate future in the coming decades. BURN will follow the quest for energy answers and the stirring public initiative required to transition to this new energy world. Particles: Nuclear Power After Fukushima, the first episode in this monthly series, airs Sunday, March 11 at 9 p.m. on AM 1370/FM-HD 91.5-2.
Particles: Nuclear Power After Fukushima examines the future of nuclear power after the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi plant in Japan. Some scientists believe the accident was a significant setback for nuclear power in the U.S. But climate concerns are a factor — 70% of carbon-free energy comes from nuclear power, with more than 60 nuclear reactors under construction worldwide. What have we learned from Japan … and now what?
Among many stories, Alex Chadwick conducts a rare interview with a deputy director of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission about behind-the-scenes goings-on during the early hours and days post-Fukushima — and next steps for nuclear plants in the U.S. Chadwick will also profile Greg Hardy, a Los Angeles-based engineer who has spent much of his career examining the vulnerability of nuclear plants to earthquakes. Hardy says he’s comfortable living between two nuclear facilities along California’s coast, even after Fukushima. But Hardy’s wife is skeptical.

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Deepwater Horizon Not a Disaster?

I am a professional environmentalist. I have a basic question about the Deepwater Horizon spill. Was it any worse environmentally, or maybe even better, than if the same oil had been taken to shore, refined, and burned in cars? Essentially, once the oil is no longer stored underground, it, or its components, are deposited in the water, air and land either way. If it were transported and refined, there would have been further emissions incurred from processing it. The eventual products of combustion likely include some toxins not present in the original oil. So, it seems to me that the real "environmental disaster" is removing the oil from the ground every single day, not the question of whether it ends up in the Gulf or combusted into the air. Am I wrong? I appreciate any answers.

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