by Helen Caldicott - £14.99 The New Press (2007)
paperback ISBN 13: 9781595582133 | ISBN 10: 1595582134
In a world torn apart by wars over oil, politicians have increasingly begun to look for alternative energy sources - 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.
But, as world renowned antinuclear activist Helen Caldicott reveals in this eye-opening look at the costs and consequences of nuclear energy, the facts belie the incessant barrage of nuclear industry propaganda. In fact, nuclear power actually contributes to global warming: the true cost of nuclear power is prohibitive, with tax payers picking up the tab; there'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 outwieghs any benefits.
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 and Missile Envy here turns her attention from nuclear bombs to nuclear lightbulbs. As she makes meticulously clear in this essential book, the world cannot withstand either.
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