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Nuclear Renaissance Requires Nuclear Enlightenment W J Nuttall
 

Summary: Nuclear Renaissance Requires Nuclear Enlightenment
W J Nuttall
Judge Business School, Cambridge University, Trumpington Street
Cambridge, CB2 1AG UK
Abstract
Nuclear energy was developed by technocratic elites during the Cold War and as a
consequence is regarded by many as an authoritarian technology. This paper explores
this history, but asks whether, as pressures grow for profound changes in energy use
as a result of global anthropogenic climate change, nuclear power might actually
represent a means to preserve our liberal society. If, in the absence of nuclear energy,
aggressive constraints on consumer energy use are mandated in order to achieve
climate stabilisation, then there are risks of increased social disorder as concerned
minorities organise themselves to oppose measures that they regard as green
authoritarianism.
Thus far policy for nuclear power has been dominated by a technocratic intent to
minimise safety risk in the objective statistical sense. More important, however, for
the future politics of nuclear power will be public perceptions of risk and public
preferences as to who should bear such risks. This paper argues that it is proper to do
more to minimise public fears concerning nuclear power. Such actions must confront
the reality that nuclear power, as conventionally deployed, is extremely well matched

  

Source: Aickelin, Uwe - School of Computer Science, University of Nottingham

 

Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences