What Will Work: Fighting Climate Change with Renewable Energy, Not Nuclear Power

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What will work: Fighting Climate Change with Renewable Energy, Not Nuclear Power. By Kristin Shrader-Frechette. Published by Oxford University Press, USA, 2011. Hardback 363pp. Price £27.50. ISBN: 978-0-19-979463-8

The author is described as a philosopher- scientist and public intellectual, so one is tempted to anticipate a clear opposition to things nuclear. Not surprisingly many pages are devoted to the Cherbonyl and Fukushima disasters with a scary assertion that contamination from the latter disaster will last forever. But all this comes at a time when there is no obvious winner when it comes to providing our energy. As the UK's coal resources have largely been exhausted, we look further for less accessible deposits. Similarly with oil, cost and environmental considerations weigh heavily in the equation.

Wind power, on and offshore, and often seen as the answer to all of our needs, is now being increasingly challenged on both environmental and cost grounds. Planners are sometimes getting jittery as they reflect public opinion against the huge turbines in the back yard. And now the economics of wind farms are under scrutiny. Solar and tidal energy are all in the experimental stage when it comes to large scale application although the two must be taken seriously. …