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Nuclear Or Not?
Does Nuclear Power Have a Place in a Sustainable Energy Future?
Edited by David Elliott
 
 
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30 Jan 2007
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The issue of nuclear energy excites strong emotions and there are widely differing views as to whether nuclear power can or should make a major contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. With the nuclear issue back on the agenda worldwide, this highly topical collection steers a path through these controversies, presenting the views of proponents of nuclear expansion, examining the challenges that face them and exploring the arguments of those who support alternative approaches. Providing an overview of both sides of the debate this book addresses questions such as can nuclear energy ever be green? Can nuclear result in an effective sustainable energy policy? How should we deal with nuclear waste? What is the impact of nuclear on security? Ultimately these essays focus on which mix of technologies would offer the best response to climate change.


Description

The issue of nuclear energy excites strong emotions and there are widely differing views as to whether nuclear power can or should make a major contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. With the nuclear issue back on the agenda worldwide, this highly topical collection steers a path through these controversies, presenting the views of proponents of nuclear expansion, examining the challenges that face them and exploring the arguments of those who support alternative approaches. Providing an overview of both sides of the debate this book addresses questions such as can nuclear energy ever be green? Can nuclear result in an effective sustainable energy policy? How should we deal with nuclear waste? What is the impact of nuclear on security? Ultimately these essays focus on which mix of technologies would offer the best response to climate change.


Reviews

'This book is an excellent mix of divergent views on the suddenly re-merging nuclear debate in the UK. Besides covering the history and geography of the technolog, it also gives a rich mix of up-to-date analysis from many perspectives. An essential guide to the nuclear debate in the new context of climate change and fears about energy insecurity' - Professor Gordon MacKerron, Director, Sussex Energy Group, SPRU, University of Sussex and Chair, Committee on Radioactive Waste Management
'Possibly the only UK book covering the contemporary debate. Nuclear or Not?...offers divergent views and perspectives on nuclear power.' - No 2 Nuclear Power


Contents

Preface; A.Blowers
Introduction; D.Elliott
PART I: SETTING THE SCENE
Nuclear Energy: An Introductory Primer; J.Scurlock
A Brief History of Nuclear Developments; J.Scurlock
Opposition to Nuclear Power: A Brief History; H.Herring
PART II: STRUCTURING THE DEBATE
Building or Burning the Bridges to a Sustainable Energy Policy; G.Butler & G.McGlynn
Criteria for a Sustainable Energy Future; P.Allen
PART III: THE FUTURE UK ENERGY MIX: STRATEGIC ISSUES
Time for a Fresh Look at Nuclear?; S.Kidd
Nuclear and Renewables in the UK : Can We Have Both?; D.Elliott
PART IV: SOME KEY NUCLEAR ISSUES
New Information on Radiation Health Hazards; I.Fairlie
Nuclear Waste: The Protracted Debate in the UK; D.Lowry
Nuclear's Inherent Insecurities; D.Lowry
Risk, Economics and Nuclear Power; C.Mitchell & B.Woodman
PART V: NUCLEAR AROUND THE WORLD
Nuclear Power - The European Dimension; A.Froggatt
Non-Nuclear Sustainable Energy Futures for Germany and the UK; G.Boyle
Nuclear Power Around the World; S.Kidd
CONCLUSIONS
Can Nuclear Ever be Green?; J.Scurlock
Nuclear Renaissance Requires Nuclear Enlightenment; W.Nuttall
UK Energy Choices - An Enlightened Future? D.Elliott


Authors

DAVID ELLIOTT worked with the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) before moving to the Open University, UK where he is Professor of Technology Policy and has developed courses on technological innovation, focusing in particular on renewable energy technology. He has published widely on renewable energy policy, including Energy, Society and Environment (2003). He is Co-Director of the OU Energy and Environment Research Unit.