Nuclear energy is at the core of a perpetual and fierce public debate on terrorism and climate change. For decades, nonproliferation and a "not in my backyard" approach to nuclear energy production have dominated headlines. At the same time, burgeoning concern over global warming has elevated interest in nuclear energy as an alternative to fossil fuels. The United States gets nearly 20% of its total energy from nuclear energy, according to the Energy Information Administration, but over half of its carbon-free power. In an era of cheap natural gas and falling prices for wind and solar energy, the question is whether nuclear power can be safe, secure, and economical or if its time has come and gone?
Copies of Daniel Poneman’s latest book, Double Jeopardy: Combating Nuclear Terror and Climate Change, will be available for purchase and signing after the program from the Book Cellar.