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“The Customer from the Future”, or the best way to disinform about nuclear energy

VSsome would say it is fiction or pochade, or each. Undoubtedly. However can fiction or pochade, or each, justify twisting actuality to the purpose of probably misinforming a really massive viewers? The customer from the longer term, by Frenchman François Descraques, performs with the reality about nuclear vitality. And the general public, fairly younger (the movie is taken from a profitable collection first broadcast on the Internet), most likely doesn’t notice it.

One of many first plans places the flea within the ear. There may be panic in France nowadays: a nuclear energy plant is exploding. Extra exactly, the air-cooling towers explode in an unbelievable crash, with a lot of lightning, smoke, rubble flying all over the place. Admittedly, these large concrete towers from which a plume of smoke usually emerges are attribute of nuclear energy crops; utilizing them on display screen is a basic technique to characterize a reactor, though thermal energy crops (fuel and coal) are additionally typically geared up with them. However cooling towers can not explode from the within, as is the case right here. They’re product of concrete, scrap pipe and… water, since they’re used to chill the water circuit. That is about it, and it would not explode.

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Poisonous storm cloud

This oddity may be forgivable. In any case, it by no means modifies the notion that we will have of the atom. The remainder of the movie, then again, is open to criticism. We’re in 2555, greater than 5 hundred years, due to this fact, after the explosion of the facility plant talked about above. The radioactive cloud launched after the accident circles the Earth and, precisely each seventy years, destroys every part in its path. The black and crackling mass, a type of poisonous storm cloud, destroys buildings, breaks the Eiffel Tower in two, shreds automobiles and, above all, strikes down people as quickly as they contact it. The poor explode and disappear, as if swallowed by the cloud.

Allow us to move on the meteorological incongruity which might carry, with regularity, this murderous mass across the sphere. The necessary factor is above all within the message: within the movie, a poisonous cloud destroys every part and kills those that method it. One can think about the response of younger spectators to the sight of the murderous results of the cloud; even when they do not consider in it, doubt can settle of their minds.

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radioactive tsunami

It’s clearly not a query of constructing folks consider within the harmlessness of the discharges after an accident on a reactor, however of tempering the consequences. First, a radioactive leak isn’t a nuclear bomb like people who devastated Hiroshima and Nagasaki; it’s an impalpable launch of poisonous supplies. Its impression is geographically restricted. In a report printed in 2016, the Institute for Radiation Safety and Nuclear Security concluded that, 5 days after the Chernobyl accident, “radioactive parts are detected in North America and Japan”, however “in extraordinarily low concentrations “. In France, the rains deposited some cesium releases within the soil at excessive concentrations, significantly in Corsica, however in 2016 they’d no impact on well being. The Institute thus famous {that a} nap in a spot the place the concentrations had been main was equal to a Paris-Marseille flight by aircraft, on account of cosmic radiation. Thirty years had due to this fact handed for the reason that explosion of the Ukrainian reactor. Methods to think about, even within the cinema, {that a} radioactive cloud ravages every part on Earth for greater than 5 hundred years, like a radioactive tsunami?

Nope ! My movie isn’t an anti-nuclear tract.

The movie ends effectively. The deputy who had signed for the development of an influence station at a reduction modifications his thoughts after the intervention of the well-known customer from the longer term. Knowledgeable of the disasters brought on by the explosion of an influence station – the extinction of humanity, no much less –, the deputy (Arnaud Ducret) prefers to decide to… renewable energies. Right here once more, the message is questionable: renewable, intermittent energies require fuel, and even coal, to function (in any case in 2022), which releases way more CO2 than the atom, and most consultants contemplate the opposition of nuclear vitality with wind or photo voltaic to be unproductive. Even organizations just like the Worldwide Power Company help the event of nuclear energy crops to fulfill greenhouse fuel discount targets, alongside renewable vitality.

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Requested by Level in the beginning of September, the director François Descraques denies being an opponent of the atom. ” Nope ! My movie isn’t an anti-nuclear tract, I wish to reassure the readers of the Level : it is not a bobo leftist movie, we qualify the topic and the characters, even the one performed by Arnaud [Ducret, NDLR]. Nuclear energy isn’t my obsession and it’s even for me, within the quick time period, one of the best vitality manufacturing resolution. Above all, I wished to cope with the topic of the movie from the angle of the generational battle and the notion of the quick time period/long run. How future generations should bear the implications of issues that obtained solely short-term options from their elders. »

” Freedom of expression “

Nevertheless, nuclear energy is not only a short-term resolution: a number of international locations, together with France, are concerned in reactor applications designed to produce electrical energy for at the least half a century, and analysis initiatives ( transmutation of nuclear waste, fusion, and many others.) are promising. There stays, little question, the issue of waste, which appears to have discovered a long-term resolution in France with landfilling in deep clay areas.

The customer from the longer term conceals different curiosities. To search out them, it’s a must to have a look at the record of monetary companions of the function movie. And there, who do we discover? The Grand Est area, amongst others. Nevertheless, on this area there are at the least two websites linked to the atom trade, defended by the president of the neighborhood, Jean Rottner: the Bure underground storage heart, and the Fessenheim energy plant, shut down in 2020 regardless of the opposition of the regional president. “The precept of our help is that of freedom of expression, we don’t choose the message {that a} movie transmits”, explains a spokesperson for the Grand Est. Jean Rottner, ardent defender of Fessenheim when he was mayor of Mulhouse, is he completely happy to finance a movie which descends the atom in flames?

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