Nuclear Power Is Not the Answer

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The world-renowned antinuclear activist's "expertly argued" (The Guardian) case against nuclear energy.

In a world torn apart by wars over oil, politicians have increasingly begun to look for alternative energy sources—and their leading choice is nuclear energy. Among the myths that have been spread over the years about nuclear-powered electricity are that it does not cause ...
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Overview

The world-renowned antinuclear activist's "expertly argued" (The Guardian) case against nuclear energy.

In a world torn apart by wars over oil, politicians have increasingly begun to look for alternative energy sources—and their leading choice is nuclear energy. Among the myths that have been spread over the years about nuclear-powered electricity are that it does not cause global warming or pollution, that it is inexpensive, and that it is safe.

Helen Caldicott's look at the actual costs and environmental consequences of nuclear energy belies the incessant barrage of nuclear industry propaganda. Caldicott "reveals truths," Martin Sheen has said, "that confirm we must take positive action now if we are to make a difference." In fact, nuclear power contributes to global warming; the true cost of nuclear power is prohibitive, with taxpayers picking up most of the tab; there's simply not enough uranium in the world to sustain nuclear power over the long term; and the potential for a catastrophic accident or a terrorist attack far outweighs any benefits. Concluding chapters detail alternative sustainable energy sources that are the key to a clean, green future.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595582133
  • Publisher: New Press, The
  • Publication date: 9/1/2007
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 221
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

The world's leading spokesperson for the antinuclear movement, Dr. Helen Caldicott is a Nobel Peace Prize nominee and the recipient of the 2003 Lannan Prize for Cultural Freedom. A bestselling author, Caldicott is the co-founder of Physicians for Social Responsibility and president of the Nuclear Policy Research Institute. She divides her time between Australia and the United States.
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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     vi
Introduction     vii
The Energetic Costs of Nuclear Power     3
Paying for Nuclear Energy     19
Nuclear Power, Radiation, and Disease     39
Accidental and Terrorist-Induced Nuclear Meltdowns     81
Yucca Mountain and the Nuclear Waste Disaster     107
Generation IV Nuclear Reactors     115
Nuclear Energy and Nuclear Weapons Proliferation     131
Nuclear Power and "Rogue Nations"     141
Renewable Energy: The Answer     161
What Individuals Can Do: Energy Conservation and Efficiency     175
Notes     185
Index     211
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