On my recent trip I had the good fortune to address the Canadian Nuclear Association in Ontario. My thanks to the CNA for the invitation, I was glad I could make it.
In this presentation I seek to describe the impressive but seriously flawed processes and trajectory of human development and the essential role of dense, clean energy in recreating our future: getting back to a time and mindset where we really view the future as something we are doing, not something that is decided. Since I was addressing an industry audience, the messages are targeted at how that industry must approach this challenge, however I think the messages are valuable and important for all of us to play our part.
Credits to friends Robert Stone for several of the beautiful images in the slides, to Michael Shellenberger for giving me some of my best lines (I’m asking forgiveness rather than permission…) and Ted Nordhaus for the COP21 analysis. Thanks Terrestrial Energy for being a nuclear company that walks, talks and acts like this stuff really matters. Finally thanks to friends old and new Stephen Tindale, Kirsty Gogan, Tom Blees, Frankie Fenton, Rauli Partinan, Janne Korhonen, Valerie Faudon (with Isabelle Jouet and others behind the scenes), Eric Myer, Nova Skylark (not shown), Francois-Marie Breon, Jim Hansen, Ken Caldeira, Kerry Emmanuel and Tom Wigley for coming together in Paris to enable me to make an important point: civil society cares about this issue and wants nuclear on the table.