Meredith Angwin

Energy Analyst & Author

Nuclear Now: The Premiere Showing

Oliver Stone has won Academy Awards for best screenplay, best director, and best film. Quite a record! His latest film is Nuclear Now.

Nuclear Now is coming soon to a theater near you!

  • When I say “soon,” I mean May 1.
  • When I say “near you,” I mean “near you.”

As you can see by this list, the film is showing in every state in the country. In most states, there will be at least one venue with a film discussion. For example, it will be shown at eighteen venues in Virginia, and there will be a discussion at the theater in Lynchburg. In Vermont, Robert Hargraves and I will lead the discussion at the Savoy Theater in Montpelier.  In most states, it is only shown once per venue.  I hope you will plan to see it, at a Theater Near You.

Nuclear Now is about a bright future, with abundant energy. Hope for the future!

I encourage you to see Nuclear Now at a Theater Near You. Meanwhile, here’s the trailer on Youtube.

Moving Forward with Nuclear

Much of the film is about how old and new nuclear can mitigate climate change.  Even if you are not concerned with climate change, the film shows the hope for new nuclear developments, and the importance of keeping our existing fleet nuclear fleet in operation.

I live near Joshua Goldstein.  He is co-author of the book, A Bright Future, on which the movie is partially based.  In the trailer, you can hear him say something very important: “What is scary is not the same as what is dangerous.” We have been trained to be scared of anything connected with nuclear energy, but that does not mean that nuclear energy is dangerous.

Not About Hope

There’s another film released recently, which is also about energy and climate change and hope and despair.  Well, it is mostly about despair.

A group of students, depressed about climate change, decide to blow up an oil pipeline in Texas.  They didn’t give up using oil. They are usually shown in their cars.  However, they decide to travel to Texas and blow up a pipeline. They have many complex talks about whether violence is justified, and whether it will be a good or bad thing when they are called “terrorists.”  They seem to love these discussions.  Then, they go ahead and blow up the pipeline.

The young people How to Blow Up a Pipeline are the opposite of the young people in Nuclear Now. Young people in Nuclear Now are shown in labs, trying to make new things.  They are knowledgeable about energy and engineering.  Many of them talk about their children.   Nuclear Now is about hope.

I will not link to Pipeline. Judging by the trailer and the reviews, I do not recommend seeing it. However, Kevin Killough reviews both Pipeline and the NYT review of the movie.  Killough’s review appears in  in the Cowboy State Daily.  ” ‘To Blow Up A Pipeline’ Glorifies Terrorism…”

My advice

Go see Nuclear Now.  You will be glad you did.