Live Chat 1 p.m. ET: Nuclear Energy In The Shadow of Fukushima

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January 18, 2012

Nuclear energy was making something of a comeback in the years leading up to the Fukushima nuclear plant disaster. Now, there’s an emerging consensus in Japan and Germany that the hazards of nuclear energy overshadow its benefits.

What’s the future of nuclear after Fukushima? Can the world’s faith in nuclear energy be restored? Or could another Fukishima-like disaster bring the nuclear age to an end? Is a nuclear plant near you at risk?

Veteran science reporter Miles O’Brien and producer Jon Palfreman have been digging into these issues for the past year. We asked them to join us for a live chat to discuss these questions and take yours.

Spencer Reiss, a contributing editor at WIRED who specializes in energy issues, will be our guest questioner.

Correspondent for Nuclear Aftershocks, O’Brien is a freelance journalist who also produces science, technology, aviation and space stories for the PBS NewsHour. He was also correspondent for the recent FRONTLINE films, Flying Cheap and Flying Cheaper.

A veteran of both U.K. and U.S. television, Jon Palfreman has made more than 40 BBC and PBS one-hour documentaries including a dozen FRONTLINE reports. His recent FRONTLINE productions are Sick Around the World, Sick Around America and The Vaccine War.

Our guest questioner Spencer Reiss is a contributing editor for WIRED and writes regularly for many publications, including The Wall Street Journal, Forbes and MIT Technology Review.


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