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
The Ebola Story
How our minds build narratives out of disaster.
The Budget Disaster That Completely Sabotaged the WHO’s Response to Ebola
PowerPoint Is the Worst, and Now It’s the Latest Way to Hack Into Your Computer
The Shooting Tragedies That Forged Canada’s Gun Politics
A Highly Unscientific Ranking of Crazy-Old German Beers
Welcome to 13th Grade!
Some high schools are offering a fifth year. That’s a great idea.
The Actual World
“Mount Thoreau” and the naming of things in the wilderness.