Friends, today I’m privileged to have Regis Tremblay, director of the new and very important documentary: 30 Seconds to Midnight. Welcome, Regis Tremblay.
Regis: Thank you, Blase.
Blase: Your film is essentially a final wake up call. The human species is on the brink of extinction. Nuclear power is not safe, and America’s nuclear power plants are now leaking, and there is no way to get rid of nuclear waste. Any other problems? (laughter)
Regis: Climate change, of course. If developed and underdeveloped countries of the world do not figure out a way to mitigate climate change, life is going to become very difficult for people all over the world. As temperatures rise and we get more extreme weather events, and ecosystems are ravaged and changed radically, war and conflict escalate. I believe that these three things – the possibility of nuclear armagerdon, which is more serious now than at the time of the cold war; nuclear power is not safe and produces deadly wastes that have a shelf life of ten thousand years; and climate change which we can’t reverse – all three pose existential threats. Hopefully the people of the world can change the way we live and get off of gas, coal and oil. We might be able to maintain a more habitable planet. But we’re on a trajectory to see an increase of 2 degrees centigrade. We’re already increased the temperature a degree centigrade; but if we continue on this track of using fossil fuels, the scientists are predicting temperature rises of five to six degrees centigrade. That will make life on earth hellish. (Read More)