Usually, when documentary directors make a film about the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, it becomes a call to end all forms of nuclear power in Japan and in the world. But for Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Robert Stone, his position about nuclear energy has not changed: he believes it can actually solve climate change.
Stone is one of the few vocal pro-nuclear advocates, and even before the nuclear meltdown, he was already making his film about Fukushima, entitled Pandora’s Promise. But visiting the plant a year after the world’s worst nuclear disaster in the last 26 years, he is all the more convinced that this is a chance for the Japanese government to reform and refine its technology, science and engineering to build better reactors. He doesn’t believe that doing away with nuclear power is the way to go, as some environmentalists claim that it is safer and more pro-environment than fossil fuels. His film has well-known environmental activists, authors and experts who back him up on this point of view, while showing that anti-nuclear activists are just alarmists and irrational.
But Stone admits that going to Fukushima after the disaster was “deeply disturbing and very emotional.” His rational self, the one that believes nuclear energy “makes sense”, and his emotional half, the one that wanted to leave immediately because of the fear of radiation, were at odds. He said his film reflects this sort of push and pull because that is exactly what he was feeling and experiencing. What saddens him though is that the people “want everything to be as it was, and it’s not.” Stone used to be against nuclear energy, and his Oscar-nominated film Radio Bikini was in fact an anti-nuclear documentary. But he said he eventually realized that the movement against climate change was not gaining any ground and that nuclear power may in fact be one of the solutions to solve it. He believes that there are many people in Japan who still believe in the benefits of nuclear power and are just waiting for someone influential to “stand up and say it.”
[ via AP ]