Nuclear Power's Unsettled Future

Zehner, Ozzie
March 2012
Futurist;Mar/Apr2012, Vol. 46 Issue 2, p17
The article assesses the future of nuclear power in the United States in light of environmental concerns following the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant meltdown in Japan. It notes the public reaction to disasters at Three Mile Island, Pennsylvania; Chernobyl, Ukraine; and Fukushima, Japan. The author mentions factors such as the inability of governments to safely reprocess or store spent nuclear fuel, hidden taxpayer subsidies for nuclear power, and the link between peaceful and military uses of nuclear energy. He also claims that public fear of nuclear radiation is disproportionate in light of the negative effects of fossil fuel use.


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