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Nuclear Power Is Not the Answer
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" turns her attention from nuclear bombs to nuclear lightbulbs. As she makes meticulously clear in this work, the world cannot withstand either.
Hardcover, 220 pages
Published September 20th 2006 by New Press, The
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A short overview of the problem of nuclear power - from the costs and heavy government subsidies to the damage done to the environment and nearby communities. Caldicott predicts that another meltdown on the level of Chernobyl would essentially change public opinion and make building new nuclear power plants a risky investment. With what is going on in Japan, we're starting to see some of that. However, the bigger problem is that these plants were only built to last 40 years, meaning we have agin ...more
Since I work in the healthcare field, I really couldn’t understand the technical side of this book when it delved into kilowatts and petajules production by nuclear power plants. However, I did work my way through this type of language and got the jest of this book: we need to use more clean renewable energy sources rather than continue down the road of building more nuclear power plants and using the energy produced by them. The author does tend to sound slightly paranoid when she repeatedly di ...more
Apr 30, 2013 Dan Sharber rated it really liked it · review of another edition
i have a good friend who is real left wing and very concerned about the environment. he is so concerned about rising co2 concentrations in the atmosphere and our need to reduce them immediately that he has said we should use nuclear power generation to get off fossil fuels. i never agreed with that logic but i was usually stumped as to how to make a clear, concise and compelling argument against it. this book has given me the tools i need to do just that. nuclear power is in no way clean. the ma ...more
I highly recommend this. we definitely need better answers to our energy crisis....Ms Caldicott is very well-versed in nuclear power. She rebuffs the critics with her facts and plain-english use describing the nuclear industry, its dis and misinformation, as well the past history and what we have to look forward to..
Of course I appreciate everything Helen has written and all the incredible work she has done to expose the lies of the nuclear power industry, but even though I find this book very enlightening, I also naturally find it quite depressing. But as a Bodhisattva, I'm called upon to go to where the suffering and injustice is, to bring light to it and change it. So I have to keep reading her works.
The true cost includes Uranium mining deaths, mining CO2 emisssions, reprocessing chloroflorocarbon emmisions. Effects of Thermal as well as chemical and nuclear pollution are examined as well. If you are a "Geek" by nature, you will love the progression of cold hard facts to a scientific conclusion.
Nov 28, 2007 Sara rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People who would like to keep living & breathing
You could either take the time to go read this very interesting and well-researched book or just take my word for it when I say, on behalf of Helen Caldicott: the promise of nuclear power is a compromised, sordid lie that you would do best to spit upon.