From Energy Dreams to Nuclear Nightmares: Lessons from the Anti-Nuclear Power Movement in the 1970s

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This book challenges the existing histories and explanations for the growth of the anti-nuclear power movement in the United Kingdom from 1955 to 1979. Arguing that opposition to nuclear power emerged in the 1970s because of the concerns of a minority of people about the dangers of atomic energy, based on the ecological messages contained in bestselling science fiction novels from the late 1940s to mid 1960s. Showing how a minority of the 1960s underground press blended old conservation ideas with counterculture ...

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Overview

This book challenges the existing histories and explanations for the growth of the anti-nuclear power movement in the United Kingdom from 1955 to 1979. Arguing that opposition to nuclear power emerged in the 1970s because of the concerns of a minority of people about the dangers of atomic energy, based on the ecological messages contained in bestselling science fiction novels from the late 1940s to mid 1960s. Showing how a minority of the 1960s underground press blended old conservation ideas with counterculture styles to create new radical groups such as Friends of the Earth, this analysis also seeks to answer questions such as Why an anti-nuclear power movement instead of an anti-coal or anti-asbestos movement? What was it about nuclear power that generated such opposition—its environmental impact, its cost, its prospects or its symbolism? and Could wind power in the 21st century face the same forces that opposed nuclear power 30 years ago?

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  • ISBN-13: 9781897766996
  • Publisher: Jon Carpenter Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/28/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 249
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Introduction 1
Ch. 2 The saga of reprocessing 10
Ch. 3 Twentieth century nuclear visions 13
Ch. 4 Public opinion 27
Ch. 5 Energy utopianism 32
Ch. 6 Ecology and science fiction 46
Ch. 7 SF's ecological vision 60
Ch. 8 Atomic energy in the 1960s 68
Ch. 9 Schumacher's ethical campaign 78
Ch. 10 Stourport : citizens against the nuke 90
Ch. 11 Counterculture and alternative press 101
Ch. 12 The environmental impulse 119
Ch. 13 The environmental movement 132
Ch. 14 Recruiting anti-nuke activists 143
Ch. 15 The anti-nuclear campaign in the 1970s 153
Ch. 16 Early local campaigns 165
Ch. 17 The windscale inquiry : glory or fiasco? 176
Ch. 18 THORP constructed 194
Ch. 19 Why anti-nuke? 198
Ch. 20 FoE hagiology 210
Ch. 21 Soft energy utopianism 217
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