This friday is the theatrical release of Pandora’s Promise, a documentary about some high-profile environmental activists who changed their minds about nuclear power. A number of folks asked me to alert them when it’s out in theaters, so that’s what I’m doing.
I saw it, and met the director a few weeks back. It was excellent, and all the technical details were quite correct. If you’re interested at all in nuclear power (for, against, undecided, ambivalent, curious, whatever), I would really really really recommend seeing it. It’s a great primer on what nuclear power is, how it works, and what the issues are. There’s some incredible footage of fukushima, too, which I thought was just unmissable.
The first third of the movie very clearly lays out the concerns of the anti-nuclear environmentalists that are the subject of the movie. I think it presents some strong cases against nuclear power in a really clear way. Not to spoil the movie, but the rest of the movie is about why those environmental activists changed their minds about nuclear power and why they now feel that supporting nuclear power is the environmentally concious choice. Those folks are portrayed as level-headed, reasonable, thoughtful individuals throughout the movie, and I think that’s really important for honestly portraying the ambivalence most people feel about nuclear power.
That said, I do have a complaint about the movie : In a couple of scenes, one person appears to represent anti-nuclear-environmentalism (Helen Caldicott) . Unfortunately, her appearances painted a shrill picture of those environmentalists who are still strongly anti-nuclear. … which I think taints the otherwise very careful evenhandedness of the movie.
If you’re asking the question I asked when I first heard about this movie (who funded it?) the answer is #13 http://pandoraspromise.com/faq/ .
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