RKS Film: “Atomic Hope”: The Bad Boys of Climate Change Advocacy (Toronto Hot Docs Festival)

There is nothing like documentary film to flip you on your head and make you realize that perhaps nuclear power is the most efficient and quick way to reverse climate change.

Initially the anti nuclear power people were on the fringe but decades later they are part of the establishment so the pro nuclear power movement now finds itself on the extreme fringe. I recall the day where open air atomic bomb testing occurred. And many of us are not far removed from Hiroshima and Nagasaki which led to blind opposition to anything nuclear. Many of us have perhaps an irrational fear of nuclear energy driven by our emotions and not by logic.

Fossil fuels account for 83% of total energy use. Demand for energy is on the rise. Climate change effects are rapidly threatening our lives and renewable energy such as wind and solar are helping but they are unreliable and when a source is unreliable you increase its use making it more expensive.

We have an interesting example of the West trying to stop tyrant Putin from decimating Ukraine and its populace and what is his weapon? It is fossil fuel. What would the situation be if Germany had not decommissioned its nuclear plants?

I will let you listen to the bad boys promoting nuclear energy and if you are concerned about climate change you owe it to yourself to watch this documentary. I am thinking they are not bad boys!

Directed by Frankie Fenton.

The film is part of the Toronto Hot Docs Documentary Festival and can be seen in theatre on May3/8 and for 5 days virtually commencing May 4.

RKS Film Rating 86/100.

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food ,drink, travel, film, and lifestyle issues. He also has published serialized novels "Life at Megacorp", "Virus # 26, "Reggie the Egyptian Rescue Dog" and "The Penniless Pensioner" Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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