The debate on nuclear power has been pretty quiet in the Netherlands in recent years. Plans for the construction of new plants have been canceled. And the new Climate Agreement doesn't even mention the nuclear option. Nevertheless, other countries around us are building power plants. According to most scenarios in the latest IPCC report, nuclear energy is part of the solution. And the climate crisis has some scientists and environmentalists reconsider it. Their argument: nuclear power creates a stable energy supply with little emissions. On the other hand, power from wind and sun is getting cheaper and the problem of nuclear waste is still not solved. Is the debate on nuclear power outdated?
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Michael Shellenberger is a global thinker on energy, technology and the environment. Michael Shellenberger is a Time Magazine ‘Hero of the Environment’, Green Book Award winner and founder and president of Environmental Progress. Also he is the co-author of the Ecomodernist Manifesto. This evening he will inform us about The Rise of Atomic Humanism: Why Europe will return to Nuclear?
Jan-Leen Kloosterman is a professor in nuclear reactor physics at TU Delft. His personal expertise is on reactor core design of advanced nuclear reactors, like the High Temperature gas-cooled Reactor and the Molten Salt Reactor. He is leading the research group on nuclear energy and radiation applications at TU Delft.
Tinkebell, artist-name of Katinka Simonse, traveled multiple times to the affected area in Fukushima in Japan. In 2011 there was a nuclear disaster as a result of a tsunami. Last year she published a book on the subject (in Dutch). ‘Dangers of fear – Hypochondria in Fukushima’.
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Michael Shellenberger does a Ted-talk in Berlin:
How Japan Is Responding To Fukushima Five Years Later: