Kite & Key Media, which produces short videos that provide context on an array of topical issues, has released an online video that sets the record straight on just what nuclear waste is and how its publicly perceived risks don’t match up with reality.
The video, “Who’s Afraid of Nuclear Waste,” takes head on the popular image of radioactive waste as a glowing green goo, saying, “We hate to be the ones to break this to you, but The Simpsons lied to you about nuclear waste.”
Risks vs. benefits: The video, which runs about seven minutes, then lays out in detail and with citations how the benefits of nuclear power (clean, reliable energy) far outweigh the risks posed by nuclear waste. The video’s narrator notes that compared to other forms of energy production, nuclear produces a small amount of waste, which is safely and securely contained and responsibly transported.
“Does nuclear waste have the potential to be dangerous?” the narrator asks. “Absolutely. Has it been in practice? Not at all.”