Four Reasons Why Nuclear Power is a Terrible Way to Generate Energy

Four Reasons Why Nuclear Power is a Terrible Way to Generate Energy By Shel Horowitz My first exposure to the nuclear industry was in 1972 when Con Edison proposed to build a nuke 2 miles north of New York City’s northern border and 3 miles north of where I was living at the time. We raised the issue of thermal pollution (yes, a contributor to global warming), and they caved almost instantly. Two years later, I found out why. I did a college research project on whether nuclear energy was save and what I found scared me deeply. And five years after that, I wrote my first book (co-authored with Richard Curtis and Elizabeth Hogan, who had written one of the books I read for my college project)–on why nuclear makes absolutely no sense as an energy alternative. Before I tell you what I found out, I want to say again that no environmentalist I am aware of recommends switching to coal. There are far safer and cleaner alternatives, including the sun–which could meet all our energy needs just by itself–as well as wind, conservation, and many other options. Just like nuclear, coal is a devil’s bargain–but fortunately, it is not necessary. On to a few of the many arguments against nuclear power (there are many others, but these are the ones I find most perturbing). 1. The need...

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