The Doomsday Clock is an internationally recognized design that conveys how close we are to destroying our civilization with dangerous technologies of our own making. First and foremost among these are nuclear weapons, but the dangers include climate-changing technologies, emerging... Read More
Do you think the hands of the Doomsday Clock should be closer to or farther from midnight?
Forsberg was a Corporate Fellow at Oak Ridge National Laboratory before joining the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering at MIT as the executive director of the MIT Nuclear Fuel Cycle Study. His current research interests include the development of integrated nuclear fuel cycles, advanced high-temperature nuclear reactors using liquid-salt coolants, and global systems that couple nuclear and renewable energy.
For those opposed to nuclear energy, the belief is that there are alternative energy sources -- a faith in alternatives, ironically, as strong as some of the early advocates for nuclear power in the 1950s.
Every energy source has unique characteristics that deserve careful consideration and comparison. Renewable energy sources, such as wind turbines and solar panels, do not emit greenhouse gases but produce power intermittently and require large areas of land.
A targeted use of nuclear power could solve the major problems of renewable
energy sources by providing carbon-emission-free power for biofuel refineries
and backup energy for solar, wind, and other renewable sources.