Here's an interesting debate between Stewart Brand and Prof. Mark Jacobson about what power source to drive our society. Basically renewable energy versus nuclear power. A lot of great points here. The argument seems to center on "base load" energy required to maintain our society in the style to which we've become accustomed.
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Nuclear power: the energy crisis has even die-hard environmentalists reconsidering it. In this first-ever TED debate, Stewart Brand and Mark Z. Jacobson square off over the pros and cons. A discussion that'll make you think -- and might even change your mind.
About Stewart Brand
Since the counterculture Sixties, Stewart Brand has been a critical thinker and innovator who helped lay the foundations of our internetworked world. Full bio and more links
About Mark Z. Jacobson
At Stanford, Mark Z. Jacobson uses numerical models to study the effects of energy systems and vehicles on climate and air pollution, and to analyze renewable energy resources. Full bio and more links