The Ecological Advantages of Nuclear Power
52 Pages Posted: 18 Dec 2009
Date Written: December 15, 2009
Major electric utilities are deciding whether to build nuclear power plants. How will their decision affect ecological processes and systems, both in the United States and globally? The article makes three arguments: (1) if nuclear power plants are not built, the gap will be filled by more coal-fired power plants; (2) the impact of coal-fired power plants on ecological processes and systems is likely to be increasingly disastrous; and (3) nuclear power’s ecological impacts are likely to be neutral or even positive.
Keywords: nuclear power, energy, ecological impact
JEL Classification: K32
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