The Doomsday Machine

The Doomsday Machine

The High Price of Nuclear Energy, the World's Most Dangerous Fuel

Book - 2012 | 1st ed. --
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Today, there are over one hundred nuclear reactors operating in our backyards, from Indian Point in New York to Diablo Canyon in California. Proponents claim that nuclear power is the only viable alternative to fossil fuels, and due to rising energy consumption and the looming threat of global warming, they are pushing for an even greater investment. Here, energy economist Andrew McKillop and social scientist Martin Cohen argue that the nuclear power dream being sold to us is pure fantasy. Debunking the multilayered myth that nuclear energy is cheap, clean, and safe, they demonstrate how landscapes are ravaged in search of the elusive yellowcake to fuel the reactors, and how energy companies and politicians rarely discuss the true costs of nuclear power plants - from the subsidies that build the infrastructure to the unspoken guarantee that the public will pick up the cleanup cost in the event of a meltdown, which can easily top $100 billion dollars.

Publisher: New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780230338340
0230338348
Characteristics: xiv, 242 p. : ill.
Additional Contributors: McKillop, Andrew

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slowhiker
Apr 03, 2018

The book is exactly what you'd expect from its title, a poorly-sourced recitation of polemics against the object of the authors' ire. A worthwhile exercise would be to read both this book and Gwyneth Cravens's book, "Power to Save the World." See for yourself which has a better grasp on reality.

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sanhitamj
Jul 24, 2013

A nice example of how NOT to write a book or talk about science and related stuff. Least the authors could do is get their facts correct. For example, they say that Marie Curie discovered Uranium. Someone who knows what Wikipedia is, can tell us that Curies worked on Radium and it was Henry Becquerel who discovered Uranium's radioactivity. Another one: there is a description about how India is a "very, very poor" country and they are investing in nuclear reactor. If the authors knew that 30% of Indians do not have access to electricity, and how electricity is important for economic development. A power generation plant is equated with Hiroshima blast. Hello, there is a difference between the two. The authors had already decided that nuclear power is bad. And now they just start looking for anchors to substantiate their preoccupied claims. Even if one wants to be convinced that nuclear power is bad, such books would convince them otherwise. Do not waste your time on this book.

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