Episode 35 – Is Nuclear Power Green Energy?

Episode 35 - Is Nuclear Power Green Energy?
Nuclear cooling towers in a laconic Yorkshire setting - green grass and blue sky.
Nuclear power plant in England.

There’s a push to remove the moratorium in Minnesota against developing nuclear power as s ource of energy.  We are hearing claims that it is a renewable energy source, and that it doesn’t produce carbon emissions.  When this podcast was actually being recorded (there was snow on the ground,) the Minnesota Legislature was in session.  So, yes, that’s a while ago.  But this is still relevant, and will be for the future.  There’s no guest on this show, because I am interviewing Greg Laden, who is the co-host and has been working on the issue so he has some expertise.

Nuclear energy: How environmentally-friendly and safe is it?

Small Modular Nuclear Reactors Approved by the NRC

The video on on the Minnesota Floor


Episode 26 – Seven Simple Rules for Saving the Planet

Episode 26 - Seven Simple Rules for Saving the Planet
A yurt

One person alone doesn’t make much of a difference, really.  But that’s no reason to throw your hands in the air, say “what does it matter,” and take a hot shower with water heated by a gas-burning tank.  There are simple actions that you can take in your life, that don’t require turning into a scoldy, crunchy, hippie living in a yurt on a commune in Vermont.  (Although there’s nothing wrong with that.)

In this episode, Mike and Greg are each other’s guests, and we go over things you can do both at home and in talking to your local and national government representatives to help restore carbon balance to nature.

Engineers are working the problems, too.

We are using new bumper music, “Happy Dance” by Mr. Smith.  Legal notifications under the Creative Commons License.