Ray Rothrock

CNN to broadcast Pandora’s Promise Nov. 7, 9 pm EST

In Energy on November 2, 2013 at 6:49 am

This is directly from the CNN website.

PANDORA’S PROMISE, premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January, will receive its global television debut as a CNN Films broadcast on Thursday, Nov. 7 from 9:00pm to 11:00pm, with encores from 11:00pm to 1:00am and 2:00am to 4:00am.  All times Eastern.

The atomic bomb and accidents at Chernobyl, Three Mile Island, and Fukushima bring to mind apocalyptic disasters, but the science and experience since suggest that long-held fears about nuclear power may be wrong.  Academy Award®-nominated director Robert Stone examines how fears of “nukes” may have extended the era of fossil fuels, perilously accelerating the pace of climate change as the global demand for energy soars, particularly in the developing world.  Stone takes his camera inside the exclusion zone around Fukushima, and even ventures inside the notorious Chernobyl nuclear power plant.

Stone tells the intensely personal stories of environmentalists and energy experts who have undergone profound conversions from being passionately against, to strongly favoring nuclear energy – putting their careers and reputations on the line in the process.  Through the voices of Stewart BrandGwyneth Cravens, Mark LynasRichard Rhodes, and Michael Shellenberger, Stone exposes this rift within the environmental movement as they describe their individual journeys of defection.  Also included are interviews with two pioneering engineers of next generation nuclear reactors.

“I made this film in order to illuminate what I see as the ‘elephant in the room’ when it comes to the ongoing debate about how to tackle climate change,” Robert Stone said.  “We have a moral imperative to lift billions of people out of poverty, while at the same time dramatically reducing CO2 emissions.  How to do that is the central issue of our time and that led me to take a second look at nuclear energy,” Stone said.

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Thank you CNN — so glad you are doing this for the planet.

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  1. Jeremy Rifkin reminds us that the world’s 440 power reactors provide only 6% of the world’s energy. For nuclear to play a role in fighting climate change it would have to provide 20% of our energy. To do this, all 440 old reactors would have to be replaced and an additional 1,600 new reactors built — 3 new reactors every 30 days for 40 years — when climate change will have run its course. The industry and Wall Street will not do this.

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