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The Ecological Advantages of Nuclear Power

52 Pages Posted: 18 Dec 2009  

Fred Bosselman

Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago-Kent College of Law (Deceased)

Date Written: December 15, 2009

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Bosselman, Fred, The Ecological Advantages of Nuclear Power (December 15, 2009). New York University Environmental Law Journal, Vol. 15, No. 1, 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1523949

Fred Bosselman (Contact Author)

Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago-Kent College of Law (Deceased)

565 W. Adams St.
Chicago, IL 60661-3691
United States

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