Friday, June 30, 2006

60 Minutes to Profile French Nuclear Industry

According to my colleague in media relations, Steve Kerekes, 60 Minutes is putting the finishing touches on a report on the French nuclear energy industry. Though it won't run this Sunday, look for it to air sometime in the next few weeks.

For more on the French nuclear program, which provides 80% of that nation's electricity, visit the World Nuclear Association.

UPDATE: My boss, Scott Peterson, sent in the following note:

Let's not forget the the French program is modeled after the U.S. program, using U.S. technology as its base. Despite the fact that the French have gone forward with a state electricity company to build 57 (?) reactors, the U.S. still produced more electricity from nuclear energy than France and Japan combined!
NEI also maintains a library of nuclear statistics.

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Starvid, Sweden said...

Jerome Guillet has written a good summary of the French nuclear power program.

Don Kosloff said...

I suspect the program will be negative. I can't imagine 60 Minutes doing a positive show on nuclear power.

It will be interesting to see if they will be negative about the French program or negative about the US program because it is perceived to be different from the US program, thus putting the US program in a bad light. Another possibility is that the French program will be used only as a stage prop for introducing the persecution of the French regulators for not becoming hysterical about the Chernoble fallout.

I am sure that they will not mention the French scientific establishment's official trashing of the LNT for ionizing radiation.