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November 6th, 2013
11:19 PM ET

"Pandora's Promise": A preview of CNN's upcoming nuclear power documentary

Coming up Thursday evening at 9, CNN presents "Pandora's Promise," an original film dedicated to the debate over the viability and safety of using nuclear power as a way to combat climate change.

In advance of the premier, on Wednesday night "Piers Morgan Live" invited Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Robert Stone to offer their professional perspectives.

"On the cost issue, nuke just doesn't make sense. It's the most catastrophically expensive way to boil a pot of water that's ever been devised," said Kennedy Jr., an activist and attorney specializing in environmental law. "Not only do we have to pay $14 billion for the plant but then you have to store the waste for 30,000 years which is five times the length of recorded human history, and how that can ever be economic ... somebody's got to make that case."

Stone, who directed the film, respectfully disagreed:

"The cost thing, I really think is a red herring, because we haven't built nuclear plants in 30 years in this country. We got a few going up now," he allowed. "The future of nuclear energy is going to not be these one-off plants. They're going to be manufacturing components, modeler reactors on assembly lines, the same way we manufacture a commercial jet aircraft. Hi technology items, they are super safe, standardized, heavy regulation, that's the future. We've got to just start doing it."

Watch the clip for more of Morgan's interview with Kennedy Jr. and Stone, and for more on a film which "reveals a rift within the environmental movement as they describe their individual journeys of 'defection,'" check out CNN's exclusive web page. Then, tune in for the airing Thursday at 9p.
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  1. e Robson

    Piers: ( too old and cheap forc..)
    HUBRIS: Grrek., Shakespearian tragedy,
    , ( requires great was: not Rob, the union buster; not his brother.. Norm ( almost same size: see health: Chris)
    although as parent and retired teacher I have admired your stance and determination vis a vis gun control: I just watched you admire. Our own pathetc bully Rib Ford.
    My Three young adults in various parts of Canada including TO. Show unanimously silent disgust ... On f boom. . or..
    And they are beyond.. With one having an opinion are like Jon Stewarts.( their dad died of Non self I diced heart disease at age 59
    None have reacted to stress or peer ..

    Your admiration is almost offensive but uncharacteristic . he is not charistic. he s our pathetic tea party. to a niche red eck ite madket. In itself. The bullying you are talking about is the SAME way he has treated anyone he deems an opponent including .. The media. those KISSES? You re kidding, right? try niche market now deserting him. an opponent. Research the pathetic family. . No intellect at all but greed. Then hUBRIS: greek tragedy. Whoops even Nixon qualifies more. Did you hear the word THERAPY? Please do more homework next time! Thanks for the venting and keep up gun control! W E R

    November 7, 2013 at 12:45 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. enigmaticdecorative

    The movie in no way gives consensus... That is what you want. You want us to all climb in. And you will make us feel fear to do it.

    Fear of this Nation. America.

    But you know that the industry is unsafe. You will still do it. I wonder who paid for this movie. And if I were to find out, I would not be surprised. It is the industry itself. Even our government. How can you absolve this new industry of any harm it may cause? Are you trying to destroy the world?

    Piers Morgan, who put out this... opinion I am rebutting now. How can you say you are going to put on an opposing opinion, and then not do so. I guess you are saying that nobody is looking at you. I am looking at you.

    You are abhorrent to me. There is no way to fix the waste from nuclear power. And meanness and horror of what we do with this technology or device...?? How do you answer that?

    November 7, 2013 at 4:04 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Leslie Taylor

      The scientists have given us two ways to produce this energy and for reasons the movie did not make clear, we chose the process that produced more waste. Why was this process chosen? ;Would be a better question.

      November 8, 2013 at 1:31 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Mary Manilla

    I saw CNN story last night about nuclear waste piling up at atomic power plants, and need to store waste at Yucca Mountain, Nevada, repository. TERRIBLE JOURNALISM! the reporter didn't do his homework. Yucca Mountain worst possible site. This story obviously PR "handout" of energy industry...which wants money from building repository and doesn't care about the danger...I'm an award-winning journalist who's spent 10 years researching and writing about nuclear threat at Yucca Mountain....wrote a book about it....based on facts but fictionalized as a page-turning thriller because I wanted people to read story and know about this threat. So read FORETOLD by M.P. Manilla and/or go to my website and see why I wrote story and view video based on pbs interview., You're the only one on CNN that seems to stand up to power. The new CNN News director is changing format so much it's now like watching Fox news. Will you tell the truth?
    Mary Manilla (M.P. Manilla)

    November 7, 2013 at 11:51 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Jim. S

    Mary Manilla

    I worked on yucca mountain on the design side designing some of the most impressive concrete structures you would have ever seen, literally indestructible. Your "journalism" is nothing of the sort, what it is is propaganda. You have an agenda and you wrote a story to fit your narrative.

    The design of yucca is safe, the site is impenetrable and you are nothing but a fear monger. Yucca is more researched than anything ever on this earth, your motive is political, nothing more.

    Build the site, turn it into a re-processing facility and a world class research facility. re-route the railways so they dont go through LV to please the residents and then put Nevadans to work, and pay NV about 5 Billion a yr to "use" the land thats not even theirs.

    There are wildly more advanced nuclear designs right on the horizon, and nuclear is the future. They even have reactors now that can "eat" the old fuel. The resurgence is coming, sorry Mary, you wrote your book for nothing.

    November 7, 2013 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Leslie Taylor

    The problem I'm having with this is this. Why did we chose to have the nuclear power that produce the most waste? Was it because of the cost or what? This was not to clear to me

    November 8, 2013 at 1:09 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Scott Arnold

    If you pay attention and listen to all of the benefits of advanced nuclear power, it is almost unbelievable how good it sounds. Yes their are risks and those risks should be mitigated to the maximum extent possible. But the benefits outweigh those risks immensely. This actually works against nuclear power because people believe it's propaganda. It's not. State of the art nuclear technology is literally that good. There's a reason so many engineers and scientists support nuclear power. Because it's the right way for a civilization to make power. It's the way God and the universe does it. It's the way we should do it. The irony of so many environmentalists saying nuclear is killing our children and our future when it is actually the one thing that might save them is downright painful. For the sake of the future of our planet and civilization, I hope they reconsider.

    November 8, 2013 at 1:53 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Joe Kay

    Environmentalist fail to realize that the alternative to nuclear energy is what wind? Solar? How much energy goes to build theses panels, turbines? Oh ya power is reqiured to make the hardware dah! What do you think China, India use to make steel, Coal and Fossil fuels! Other ideas is to build giant dams, ya flood billions of acres of farmland and no to mention the possibility of messing up the earths rotation. Oh ya we have tons of coal and it seems an unlimited amount of fossil fuels. If there was a shortage, price would be through the roof. Complain about nukes but everyone including the wealthy evironmentalists who want/have cell-phone, computers, SUV's etc...made from what? you got it plastics...ya save the environment...

    November 8, 2013 at 9:55 am | Report abuse | Reply
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    What happened to the re-broadcast that was on the CNN schedule for Saturday 11/9 at 7pm ?
    Will it be re-broadcasted ?

    November 9, 2013 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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