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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By now, almost everyone knows what Edward Snowden did: leak top secret documents revealing that the US government was spying on hundreds of millions of people around the world. But if you want to know why Snowden did it, the way he did it, you need to know the stories of two other men.

The first is Thomas Drake, who blew the whistle on the very same surveillance ten years before Snowden did and got crushed. The other is The Third Man, a former senior Pentagon official who comes forward in this book for the first time to describe how his superiors repeatedly broke the law to punish Drakeā€”and unwittingly taught Snowden how to evade their clutches.

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Independent journalist Mark Hertsgaard is the author of seven books that have been translated into sixteen languages, including Bravehearts: Whistle Blowing in the Age of Snowden; HOT: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth; and A Day in the Life: The Music and Artistry of the Beatles. He has reported from twenty-five countries about politics, culture and the environment for leading outlets, including The Guardian, Der Spiegel, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Time, Mother Jones, NPR, the BBC and The Nation, where is the environment correspondent. He lives in San Francisco.