Silver Donald Cameron

Welcome to Silver Donald Cameron’s blog! Dr Cameron is the author of 19 books and of many plays, films, magazine articles, radio and TV scripts. He is currently the host and executive producer of and of its feature documentary, Green Rights: The Human Right to a Healthy World. In 2019, he was appointed the first Farley Mowat Chair in Environment at Cape Breton University, where he earlier served as professor, dean and writer-in-residence. He currently teaches an on-campus/online course called Green Rights.

Nuclear Power, 1982: A Reprint

I’ve just posted my extensive 1982 article “Nuclear Power: The Unaffordable Option” in the Green Pieces blog on this site. I refer to the piece in this week’s Sunday column, and it has a certain historical interest.

When I re-read it, to be truthful, I was struck by how little has changed about nuclear power in general — although its new appeal to green consumers in the context of climate change is certainly a dramatic development.  But its problems today are the same problems — insurance, radioactive waste, huge cost over-runs — and the solutions being proposed today, after 29 years, start with the same solution: energy conservation. We know how much energy we use, but we have no idea how much we actually need — and we won’t know until we start treating energy as the scarce, precious resource that it truly is.

Twenty-nine years onward, we still haven’t tried that. We aren’t exactly quick on the uptake, are we?