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We blogged in the past about how encouraging it was to see discussion online between folks on nuclear power that was genuinely good debate and discussion, and that a great example was this exchange between blogger Rod Adams and Scientific American writer and blogger John Horgan.

Well Horgan writes on his continuing evolution on the subject, speaking kindly about another blogger, journalist and author (and guest blogger to this site in the past) Gwenyth Cravens.

Horgan writes today:

My belated education in nuclear energy continues. I just read Power to Save the World: The Truth about Nuclear Energy by Gwyneth Cravens, a petite, energetic novelist and journalist. Cravens contacted me after seeing my chat with Rod Adams, a nuclear-trained Naval officer, on Bloggingheads.tv last May…The 2007 book describes how Cravens morphed from a nuke-fearing greenie who in the 1980s opposed the Shoreham nuclear plant on Long Island, where she lives, into a proponent who believes that we need nuclear power to save us from global warming and other adverse effects of fossil fuels. Cravens repeats the refrain that the risks of nuclear energy have been exaggerated; nuclear power, both civilian and military, hasn’t killed a single person in the U.S. over the past half century. But she fleshes out these statements with surprising (to me) details….

And he closes:

I’ve always had a knee-jerk distrust of nuclear advocates, just as I have of right-wing Congressmen, psychiatric-drug shills and string theorists. But I trust Cravens and the experts she interviewed—including physicists, engineers and epidemiologists—over many years of reporting. If you’re agonizing over whether to support nuclear energy, read Cravens’s book and see if you find it as persuasive as I do.

Definitely go read the whole post, but we remain here impressed with folks like Rod and Gwenyth in the online blogger community and are grateful for that community and consider ourselves fortunate to be a part of it.

And we’re encouraged that when calmer, more rational discussion can prevail as it did here, we see only good things happen.

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