Begin with several inconvenient truths.
A First World standard of living depends on reliable access to inexpensive electricity.
Much of the population of the Third World aspires to that standard of living, and many have begun to attain it. Why should Chinese and Indians be denied what Americans take as a kind of birthright?
All right then, but the primary means of generating electricity are power plants fired by coal, gas, or oil. Those fuels generate large amounts of carbon dioxide. Coal, the worst offender, is the fastest-growing source. And there’s this thing call climate change.
Robert Stone’s documentary contends that the only feasible answer is nuclear power. Y Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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