When an earthquake and tsunami crippled a nuclear power plant in Japan earlier this year, causing the largest radiation leak since the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, it was an “I told you so” moment for opponents of nuclear energy. But Nathan Myhrvold insists the negative reaction is irrational. The onetime CTO of Microsoft and founder of Intellectual Ventures recently told Slate’s Jacob Weisberg why we should still have confidence in nuclear power as a way to combat global warming.
Here’s the third of four segments from Myhrvold’s interview, the latest in our series Conversations With Slate.
Look for an audio podcast of the entire conversation in the days ahead.
TODAY IN SLATE
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Even experienced international disaster responders are shocked at how bad it’s gotten.
It’s Legal for Obama to Bomb Syria Because He Says It Is
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I Stand With Emma Watson on Women’s Rights
Even though I know I’m going to get flak for it.
It Is Very Stupid to Compare Hope Solo to Ray Rice
In Defense of HR
Startups and small businesses shouldn’t skip over a human resources department.