The debate over nuclear power is a hotly contested one. Opponents cite old and still important challenges like safety of citizens from atomic radiation, security of nuclear material, and the remaining waste product produced by nuclear power. Some of these issues had almost been forgotten by the public until the explosion of Fukushima Daiichi, a Generation II nuclear plant in Japan, in 2011. Nuclear disaster is a fear deeply embedded in our psyche. It’s the subject of countless movie plots and TV shows.… (more)
As we say, energy is complicated. It’s ever-changing and often shifts dramatically directly beneath your feet. In light of recent events and the constant evolution of the discussion around energy and its impact on our environment and our civilization, the Rational Middle has seen fit to update two episodes at the center of this discussion. What’s at Stake and The Great Transition are two of our most popular episodes that focus on the larger picture surrounding energy issues. Since their original… (more)
Methane is more than 80x as powerful compared to CO2 as a greenhouse gas over a 20 year period. Can we fix the leaks and gain the upside of natural gas as an interim fuel between coal, oil, and a low carbon economy?
The world has changed since the original Rational Middle Energy Series was launched in 2012. Some milestones have been passed (good and bad) and new obstacles have presented themselves. Catch up on where we are and what's left to do in this update episode.