Nuclear Power

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780737760637
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 10/5/2012
  • Series: Opposing Viewpoints
  • Pages: 240
  • Age range: 16 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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Table of Contents

Why Consider Opposing Viewpoints? 11

Introduction 14

Chapter 1 Can the Risks Involved in Nuclear Power Be Managed?

Chapter Preface 19

1 The Fukushima Disaster Proves That Nuclear Power Risks Are Manageable Rod Adams 22

2 The Fukushima Disaster Proves That Nuclear Power Risks Are Unmanageable Jim Riccio 30

3 The Risks of Nuclear Accidents or Terrorist Attacks on Plants Are Minimal and Manageable: World Nuclear Association 35

4 Nuclear Accidents Are Common and Pose Inevitable Safety Risks Benjamin K. Sovacool 47

5 Better Design and Oversight Will Safeguard Nuclear Plants Against Natural Disasters and Terrorism James M. Acton 52

6 Design Changes and Increased Oversight Cannot Protect Nuclear Plants from Natural Disasters or Terrorism Edwin Lyman 58

7 Minimal Exposure to Radiation Poses No Safety Risk Leslie Corrice 68

8 The Safety Risks of Minimal Exposure to Radiation Are Unclear Darshak Sanghavi 79

9 Exposure to Radiation Is Never Safe Brian Moench 86

10 Spent Nuclear Fuel Pools Pose Health and National Security Risks Najmedin Meshkati 90

11 Dry Casks Can Minimize the Health and Security Risks of Spent Nuclear Fuel Pools Julie Wernau Lisa Black 95

Periodical and Internet Sources Bibliography 100

Chapter 2 Is Nuclear Power Good for the Environment?

Chapter Preface 102

1 Nuclear Energy Is Still a Safe Alternative Energy Source and Should Be Developed George Monbiot 105

2 Nuclear Power Poses Threats to Safety and the Environment and Should Be Scrapped Paul Josephson 110

3 Nuclear Reprocessing Is an Environmental Hazard and Creates Obstacles to Effective Waste Management: Union of Concerned Scientists 115

4 Advanced Technologies Can Make Nuclear Reprocessing Safe and Efficient: Nuclear Energy Institute 121

5 Nuclear Power Can Help Fight Global Warming Colin McInnes 128

6 Nuclear Power Is Not a Sound Strategy to Fight Global Warming: Natural Resources Defense Council 138

7 Nuclear Power Is a Viable Source of Renewable Energy Mario Salazar 148

8 Nuclear Power Does Not Compare to Other Renewable Energy Sources Mark Clayton 154

Periodical and Internet Sources Bibliography 160

Chapter 3 Is Nuclear Power an Economical Source of Energy?

Chapter Preface 162

1 The Steady Decline of the Nuclear Industry Demonstrates That Nuclear Power Is Not a Viable Alternative Energy Source Mycle Schneider Antony Froggatt Julie Hazemann 164

2 Abandoning Nuclear Power Would Threaten Economic Security Worldwide Jack Spencer 170

3 Nuclear Power Is Cost Competitive with Other Forms of Energy Ferdinand E. Banks 179

4 Nuclear Power Is Far More Expensive than Other Energy Alternatives Joseph Romm 187

5 Small Reactors Generate Big Hopes Rebecca Smith 197

6 New Nuclear Power Plants Are Cost Prohibitive Julio Godoy 206

7 New Reactors-More or Less? Steve Kidd 212

8 Government Subsidies Mask the Real Costs and Risks of Nuclear Power Union of Concerned Scientists 219

Periodical and Internet Sources Bibliography 227

For Further Discussion 228

Organizations to Contact 230

Bibliography of Books 235

Index 240

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