Judith Lewis, the first-rate enviro reporter for the LA Weekly, spent the last six months of her life reconsidering nuclear power. Here’s the piece she wrote about it, which is as good as anything I’ve seen on the subject. Among the many stunning facts she unearthed was the fact that one nuclear power plant spares the planet the equivalent of the emissions of 93 million cars (and we’re not talking hybrids).
But it’s not the facts that I most remember from the piece. It’s the humanity. Lewis talks to all sorts, from fiery enviros like Helen Caldicott, to a public relations specialist at the nuclear power plant in San Onofre. She treats each and every one with respect, bringing out their personalities as well as their opinions. This is how we as reporters and as readers and as a society grow–by really listening.
Check it out, please.