Nuclear Power Is Not the Answer: To Global Warming or Anything Else

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The world-renowned antinuclear activist's myth-busting look at the real costs and consequences of nuclear energy.

"Dr. Caldicott is one of the most articulate and passionate advocates of citizen action to remedy the nuclear and environmental crises."—from the citation for the 2003 Lannan Cultural Freedom Prize

In a world torn apart by wars over oil, many politicians are ...
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Overview

The world-renowned antinuclear activist's myth-busting look at the real costs and consequences of nuclear energy.

"Dr. Caldicott is one of the most articulate and passionate advocates of citizen action to remedy the nuclear and environmental crises."—from the citation for the 2003 Lannan Cultural Freedom Prize

In a world torn apart by wars over oil, many politicians are increasingly looking for alternative sources of energy—and their leading choice is often nuclear. Among the myths that have been spread over the years about nuclear-powered electricity are that it does not cause global warming or pollution (i.e., that it is "clean and green"), that it is inexpensive, and that it is safe. But the facts belie the barrage of nuclear industry propaganda:
• Nuclear power contributes to global warming
• The real costs of nuclear power are prohibitive (and taxpayers pick up most of them)
• There's not enough uranium in the world to sustain long-term nuclear power
• Potential for a catastrophic accident or terrorist attack far outweighs any benefits.

Trained as a physician, and—after four decades of antinuclear activism—thoroughly versed in the science of nuclear energy, the bestselling author of Nuclear Madness and Missile Envy here turns her attention from nuclear bombs to nuclear lightbulbs. As she makes meticulously clear in this damning book, the world cannot withstand either.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Caldecott's latest antinuke book searingly debunks the claim that the impending "nuclear power renaissance," purported by some to be the only answer to global warming, is "clean and green." She covers all the bases, from the carbon emitted in the creation of nuclear power (higher than fossil fuels if the entire process from uranium mining to waste disposal is included) to the cost of nuclear plants (too high to be viable without large government subsidies) and the health risks and possibility of accidents and terrorists' access (more than we'd like to think). She also points out that, despite proponents' assurances, we still haven't found a safe place to store the waste materials for the necessary thousands of years, and that state-of-the-art nuclear plant technology is still full of unresolved problems. Caldecott's predictable alternative is also sensible: switch to wind and other benign renewables, turn down the thermostat, wear a sweater, use energy efficient lights and dry clothes on the clothesline. Detractors will complain that she is strident and incendiary, but those who believe that facts matter will want to read her frighteningly convincing argument. (Sept.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595580672
  • Publisher: New Press, The
  • Publication date: 8/28/2006
  • Pages: 220
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

The world's leading spokesperson for the antinuclear movement, Dr. Helen Caldicott is the founder of Physicians for Social Responsibility, a nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize, and the 2003 winner of the Lannan Cultural Freedom Prize. She divides her time between Australia and Washington, D.C., where she recently established the Nuclear Policy Research Institute.
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Table of Contents

1 The energetic costs of nuclear power 3
2 Paying for nuclear energy 19
3 Nuclear power, radiation, and disease 39
4 Accidental and terrorist-induced nuclear meltdowns 81
5 Yucca Mountain and the nuclear waste disaster 107
6 Generation IV nuclear reactors 115
7 Nuclear energy and nuclear weapons proliferation 131
8 Nuclear power and "rogue nations" 141
9 Renewable energy : the answer 161
10 What individuals can do : energy conservation and efficiency 175
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