Nuclear Power: Change the Memes, Change the Future | Mark Nelson | Episode 144

Mark Nelson is the Managing Director of Radiant Energy Group, a consultancy which advises governments, nonprofits and industry about nuclear energy. He joins the show to discuss Chernobyl the memes vs Chernobyl the molecules, introducing nuclear festivals, adopting an abundance mindset, and a whole lot more.

Important Links:

- Mark’s Twitter -
- Radiant Energy Group -
- Mark’s LinkedIn -

Show Notes:
[00:01:40] MAIN PODCAST
[00:03:13] Why does the nuclear industry have a confidence problem?
[00:07:45] Electricity deaths vs nuclear deaths
[00:11:23] Chernobyl the memes vs Chernobyl the molecules
[00:18:12] How do we create better nuclear memes?
[00:22:13] Bureacracy and the precautionary principle
[00:25:50] Steelmanning the case against nuclear power
[00:33:00] Recency bias, human OS and high visibility events
[00:36:56] The story of Three Mile Island
[00:42:11] Wind and solar is not essential for the grid
[00:45:31] Take memes seriously
[00:49:21] Disambiguating nuclear weapons from nuclear power
[00:58:31] Tying financial needs with energy needs
[01:04:27] Escaping Mad Max
[01:10:37] How can we encourage an abundance mindset?
[01:18:14] Bipartisan enthusiasm for nuclear power
- MUCH more!

Books Mentioned:

- The Beginning of Infinity: Explanations That Transform the World; by David Deutsch