Nuclear Power Is Not the Answer

The world-renowned antinuclear activist’s “expertly argued” (The Guardian) case against nuclear energy

“Those who believe that facts matter will want to read [Caldicott’s] frighteningly convincing argument.” —Publishers Weekly

In a world torn apart by wars over oil, politicians have increasingly begun to look for alternative energy sources—and their leading choice is nuclear energy. Among the myths that have been spread over the years about nuclear-powered electricity are that it does not cause global warming or pollution, that it is inexpensive, and that it is safe.

Helen Caldicott’s look at the actual costs and environmental consequences of nuclear energy belies the incessant barrage of nuclear industry propaganda. Caldicott “reveals truths,” Martin Sheen has said, “that confirm we must take positive action now if we are to make a difference.” In fact, nuclear power contributes to global warming; the true cost of nuclear power is prohibitive, with taxpayers picking up most of the tab; there’s simply not enough uranium in the world to sustain nuclear power over the long term; and the potential for a catastrophic accident or a terrorist attack far outweighs any benefits. Concluding chapters detail alternative sustainable energy sources that are the key to a clean, green future.

Praise

“As Helen Caldicott expertly shows, the nuclear path is strewn with hazards from mining, milling, transport, and power generation, and leaves unsolved the issues of safety, security, and storage.”
—Paul R. Epstein, M.D., M.P.H. Center for Health and The Global Environment, Havard Medical School
“Renowned physician and activist Caldicott presents exhaustive evidence to refute the now resurgent claim that nuclear power is the solution to global warming.”
Booklist

Books by Helen Caldicott

War in Heaven
The Arms Race in Outer Space

Helen Caldicott, Craig Eisendrath

The New Nuclear Danger
George W. Bush’s Military-Industrial Complex

Helen Caldicott

Crisis Without End
The Medical and Ecological Consequences of the Fukushima Nuclear Catastrophe

Helen Caldicott

Sleepwalking to Armageddon
The Threat of Nuclear Annihilation

Helen Caldicott