Nuclear Roulette: The Truth about the Most Dangerous Energy Source on Earth

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Chelsea Green Publishing, 2012 - 279 pagina's
Nuclear power is not clean, cheap, or safe. With Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, and Fukushima, the nuclear industry's record of catastrophic failures now averages one major disaster every decade. After three US-designed plants exploded in Japan, many countries moved to abandon reactors for renewables. In the United States, however, powerful corporations and a compliant government still defend nuclear power-while promising billion-dollar bailouts to operators.

Each new disaster demonstrates that the nuclear industry and governments lie to "avoid panic," to preserve the myth of "safe, clean" nuclear power, and to sustain government subsidies. Tokyo and Washington both covered up Fukushima's radiation risks and-when confronted with damning evidence-simply raised the levels of "acceptable" risk to match the greater levels of exposure.

Nuclear Roulette dismantles the core arguments behind the nuclear-industrial complex's "Nuclear Renaissance." While some critiques are familiar-nuclear power is too costly, too dangerous, and too unstable-others are surprising: Nuclear Roulette exposes historic links to nuclear weapons, impacts on Indigenous lands and lives, and the ways in which the Nuclear Regulatory Commission too often takes its lead from industry, rewriting rules to keep failing plants in compliance. Nuclear Roulette cites NRC records showing how corporations routinely defer maintenance and lists resulting "near-misses" in the US, which average more than one per month.

Nuclear Roulette chronicles the problems of aging reactors, uncovers the costly challenge of decommissioning, explores the industry's greatest seismic risks-not on California's quake-prone coast but in the Midwest and Southeast-and explains how solar flares could black out power grids, causing the world's 400-plus reactors to self-destruct. This powerful exposť concludes with a roundup of proven and potential energy solutions that can replace nuclear technology with a "Renewable Renaissance," combined with conservation programs that can cleanse the air, and cool the planet.
 

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NUCLEAR ROULETTE: The Truth About the Most Dangerous Energy Source on Earth

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An impassioned case against the use of nuclear power.In his debut, Earth Island Journal editor emeritus Smith gathers together several arguments against nuclear power into a concise yet detailed ... Volledige review lezen

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The Impossibility of Speedy Deployment
1
Unaffordable Costs
9
From Three Mile Island to Fukushima
31
Aging Reactors
49
Water Air and Land
56
Damage to Indigenous Peoples
65
Earthquake Risks
69
Droughts Floods and Solar Flares
80
Living with the Consequences
123
Why You Cant Believe the Official Story
130
The RegulatoryIndustrial Complex
137
Five of the Worst US Reactors
147
Near Misses and Unbelievable Mishaps
168
Introduction
179
The Path Ahead
185
The Power of Renewables
193

Radioactive Wastes
87
The Decommissioning Dilemma
95
Proliferation Dangers
102
Reactors War and Terrorism
109
New Improved Reactors Wont Save Us
116
ParT Two coveruPs anD consequences
121
Public Policy Reforms
207
The Conservation Imperative
221
Conclusion
227
Notes
233
Index
269
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Gar Smith is editor emeritus of Earth Island Journal, a Project Censored award-winning investigative journalist, and co-founder of Environmentalists Against War. He has covered revolutions in Central America and has engaged in environmental campaigns on three continents. He lives a low-impact, solar-assisted lifestyle in Berkeley, California.

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