Brave Nuclear World?

Charman, Karen
May 2006
World Watch;May/Jun2006, Vol. 19 Issue 3, p26
The article discusses the use of nuclear energy for solving the problem of global warming. The world has begun to wake up to the very real and growing perils of human-induced, catastrophic climate change. A growing chorus of nuclear advocates, government officials, international bureaucrats, academics, economists, and journalists is calling for nuclear power to save the world from devastating climate change. Nuclear reactors do not emit carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases when they split atoms to create electricity. But it's inaccurate to say that nuclear power is "carbon-free"--on a cradle-to-grave basis, no currently available energy source is. In the case of nuclear power, fossil fuel energy is used in the rest of the nuclear fuel chain--the mining, milling, and enriching of uranium for use as fuel in reactors, the building of nuclear plants, the decommissioning of the plants, the construction of storage facilities, and the transportation and storage of the waste. In fact, the gaseous diffusion uranium enrichment plant at Paducah, Kentucky, is one of the single biggest consumers of dirty coal-fired electricity in the U.S.


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