The Nuclear Power Debate 2.0:
What's Old, What's New, What's Hype, What's True
Past event | Dinner at the Square | Spring 2008
Bananas, Nuclear Waste + the Fencepost man

Been there, done that on the nuclear power debate? Not so fast, we dug up our sleeves and did a little investigation and learned that nuclear isn’t necessarily what we thought it was. We learned about concepts that the “Fencepost Man” – a theoretical person who lives as close as one can live to a nuclear power plant to assess the level of radiation one might receive there, we learned that bananas have an extraordinarily high nuclear half-life and that the quantity of nuclear waste we’ve generated in America so far would fit in a Target store.

Joining us is Thomas Cochran of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Jerry Paul of Capitol Energy LLC.


You might be interested in knowing that we named our brand new organization after an Einstein quote about nuclear energy: “To the village square we must carry the facts of nuclear energy. From there must come America’s voice.” So we’re having another go at the topic, this time with people who disagree but talk anyway. Read a bit of our thinking about the importance of making sensible decisions in the public square.



Having urged FDR to build the first nuclear bomb as the threat from Nazi Germany mounted, Albert Einstein later became haunted by the legacy of risks he knew nuclear power had left for us. To that end, he gave this advice: “To the village square we must carry the facts of atomic energy. From there must come America's voice.”

Nuclear power, Albert Einstein
and The Village Square