Now in paperback, this is the world-rewned antinuclear activist's case against nuclear energy in the face of global warming.In a world torn apart by wars over oil and threatened by global warming, 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 t cause global warming or pollution, that it is inexpensive, and that it is safe.Helen Caldicott's look at the actual costs and environmental consequences of nuclear energy belies the incessant barrage of nuclear industry propaganda. In fact, nuclear power contributes to global warming; the true cost of nuclear power is prohibitive, with taxpayers picking up most of the tab; there's simply t eugh uranium in the world to sustain nuclear power over the long term; and the potential for a catastrophic accident or a terrorist attack far outweighs any benefits. Concluding chapters detail alternative sustainable energy sources that are the key to a clean, green future.
Dr. Helen Caldicott is the world's leading spokesperson for the antinuclear movement. She is a Nobel Peace Prize nominee and was the recipient of the 2003 Lannan Prize for Cultural Freedom. A bestselling author, Caldicott is the co-founder of Physicians for Social Responsibility and president of the Nuclear Policy Research Institute. She divides her time between Australia and the United States.