Nuclear nonsense: why nuclear power is no answer to climate change and the World's post-Kyoto energy challenges

Sovacool, Benjamin and Cooper, Christopher (2008) Nuclear nonsense: why nuclear power is no answer to climate change and the World's post-Kyoto energy challenges. William and Mary Environmental Law and Policy Review, 33 (1). pp. 1-119. ISSN 1091-9724

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Abstract

Nuclear power plants are a poor choice for addressing energy challenges in a carbon-constrained, post-Kyoto world. Nuclear generators are prone to insolvable infrastructural, economic, social, and environmental
problems. They face immense capital costs, rising uranium fuel prices, significant lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions, and irresolvable problems with reactor safety, waste storage, weapons proliferation, and vulnerability to attack. Renewable power generators, in contrast, reduce dependence on foreign sources of uranium and decentralize electricity supply so that an accidental or intentional outage would have a more limited impact than the outage of larger nuclear facilities. Most significantly, renewable power technologies have environmental benefits because they create power without relying on the extraction of uranium and its
associated digging, drilling, mining, transporting, enrichment, and storage. As a result, renewable energy technologies provide a much greater potential for substantial carbon emissions reductions than significant
investments in new nuclear power generation.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
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Depositing User: Benjamin Sovacool
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2015 09:57
Last Modified: 02 Jun 2016 09:16
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/58120
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