Nuclear Power: a dangerous waste of time

June 18, 2009

The nuclear power industry is attempting to exploit the climate crisis by aggressively promoting nuclear technology as a “low-carbon” means of generating electricity. Nuclear power claims to be safe, cost-effective, and able meet the world’s energy needs. But nothing could be further from the truth.

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Executive summary: This briefing outlines why nuclear power is a woefully inadequate response to the climate crisis and how, in contrast, renewable energy and greater energy efficiency can deliver in time to tackle climate change, without any of the dangers posed by nuclear power. It also explores the key environmental, health and security issues affecting every stage of the nuclear process: the unsolved problem of radioactive waste; the risk of catastrophic accidents; and the dangers posed to global security. As a typical example, the briefing highlights fundamental problems with the very latest generation of nuclear plants known as the “European Pressurized Reactor”.

Num. pages: 12

ISBN: JN 179

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