mark hertsgaard

Independent Journalist & Author


Can Nuclear Power Save the Climate?

Nuclear power sounds, at first blush, like an answer to climate change, and even some genuine climate heroes (e.g., James Hansen) endorse it. So does a new documentary, “Pandora’s Promise.” But the realities of nuclear energy, especially its inseparability from nuclear weapons, are far less encouraging and lead me to oppose nuclear, especially when we have so many cheaper, safer alternatives–solar, wind and better energy efficiency–that are already cutting greenhouse gas emissions much faster than nuclear could. I explain further in a piece I co-authored with Terry Tempest Williams for The Nation:


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Hertsgaard’s latest book, HOT, describes how his five year old daughter and the rest of Generation Hot can cope with the massive climate impacts that are now inevitable. Packed with eyewitness reporting on existing solutions for "avoiding the unmanageable and managing the unavoidable," HOT shows how we all must think--and act--differently now in the fight against climate change. Read more

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Called "one of America’s finest reporters" by Barbara Ehrenreich, Mark Hertsgaard is the author of six books that have been translated into sixteen languages, including Earth Odyssey and On Bended Knee. He has covered climate change, politics and the media for leading media outlets around the world, including Vanity Fair, The Nation, Time, The New Yorker, NPR, L’espresso, Die Zeit and Le Monde Diplomatique.