Tech Visionary Nathan Myhrvold Still Advocates for Nuclear Power Despite Japan's Fukushima Meltdown

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Dec. 8 2011 12:59 PM

Still Bullish on Nukes

Nathan Myhrvold on why nuclear power remains a great weapon against global warming despite the reactor meltdowns in Japan.

Jacob Weisberg interviewing Nathan Myhrvold
Jacob Weisberg interviewing Nathan Myhrvold.

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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

   
                                                                               

You can also watch Part 1 and Part 2 of Myhrvold’s interview as well as Part 4.

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Look for an audio podcast of the entire conversation in the days ahead.