Environmentalists Go Pro-Nuclear in 'Pandora's Promise' Trailer – Premiere

Film examines idea that nuclear power can help fight climate change

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Outspoken environmentalist filmmaker Robert Stone delves into the controversial topic of nuclear power in his latest film, Pandora's Promise, which will hit theaters in June. Now you can take an exclusive first look at the trailer from the movie, which follows Stone's earlier films Radio Bikini, an Oscar-nominated anti-nuclear weapons documentary; and Earth Days, which chronicled the rise of the environmental movement. 

America's Nuclear Nightmare

After sifting through the anti-nuclear choruses and the considerably smaller pro-nuclear groups in an attempt to find the truth about the advantages and disadvantages of nuclear energy, Stone found his answer with Michael Shellberger, the president and co-founder of the Breakthrough Institute: "We can have a world living modern lives without killing the climate."

Pandora's Promise examines the issue from the perspective of key environmentalists on both sides of the issue, starting with the writer Stewart Brand, who asks, "Can you be an environmentalist and be pro-nuclear? In light of climate change, can you be an environmentalist and not be pro-nuclear?" Stone admits that accepting that nuclear energy could be a viable power source was a struggle for him as well. "It's no easy thing for me to have come to the conclusion that the rapid deployment of nuclear power is now the greatest hope we have for saving us from an environmental catastrophe," he told Rolling Stone.