Climate Change and the Unlikely Nuclear Renaissance
This chapter analyzes the relationship between global climate change and nuclear power development. Nuclear power is a possible solution to the problem of climate change because it is one of the few relatively carbon-free energy sources. However, it is unlikely to play a major role in reducing global greenhouse gas emissions. Lingering concerns about cost, safety, and security are likely to prevent the requisite expansion in nuclear power development. Accordingly, concerns about global warming will not singlehandedly drive a renaissance in nuclear power.
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