Nuclear Power Is Not the Answer

Nuclear Power Is Not the Answer

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In a world torn apart by wars over oil, politicians have increasingly begun to look for alternative energy sourcesa€”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 Caldicotta€™s look at the actual costs and environmental consequences of nuclear energy belies the incessant barrage of nuclear industry propaganda. Caldicott a€œreveals truths, a€ Martin Sheen has said, a€œthat confirm we must take positive action now if we are to make a difference.a€ In fact, nuclear power contributes to global warming; the true cost of nuclear power is prohibitive, with taxpayers picking up most of the tab; therea€™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.... technetium 99 with a 211, 100yearhalflife, iodine 129with 15, 700, 000year halflife, carbon 14witha 5, 700year halflife, ... (This was published when reactors were relatively young and plagued with fewercorrosion and maintenance problems.)anbsp;...

Title:Nuclear Power Is Not the Answer
Author: Helen Caldicott
Publisher:The New Press - 2013-12-13

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