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Helen Caldicott
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Sept. 30 2007
The world-renowned antinuclear activist's expertly argued(The Guardian) case against nuclear energy. In a world torn apart by wars over oil, politicians have increasingly begun to look for alternative energy sourcesand 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.
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Caldecott's latest antinuke book searingly debunks the claim that the impending "nuclear power renaissance," purported by some to be the only answer to global warming, is "clean and green." She covers all the bases, from the carbon emitted in the creation of nuclear power (higher than fossil fuels if the entire process from uranium mining to waste disposal is included) to the cost of nuclear plants (too high to be viable without large government subsidies) and the health risks and possibility of accidents and terrorists' access (more than we'd like to think). She also points out that, despite proponents' assurances, we still haven't found a safe place to store the waste materials for the necessary thousands of years, and that state-of-the-art nuclear plant technology is still full of unresolved problems. Caldecott's predictable alternative is also sensible: switch to wind and other benign renewables, turn down the thermostat, wear a sweater, use energy efficient lights and dry clothes on the clothesline. Detractors will complain that she is strident and incendiary, but those who believe that facts matter will want to read her frighteningly convincing argument. (Sept.)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Never one to mince words, renowned physician and activist Caldicott presents exhaustive evidence to refute the now-resurgent claim that nuclear power is the solution to global warming. Eschewing hyperbole and speculation, Caldicott diligently presents the facts about the grave problems attendant on nuclear power. For starters, enormous amounts of fossil fuel are burned during the nuclear-energy process, and nuclear reactors use and pollute vast amounts of water. Radioactive emissions do escape and are released from nuclear facilities, and man-made radioactive elements regularly enter the food chain and our bodies to deleterious effect. Nuclear-power plants are vulnerable to natural disasters and to terrorists; all nuclear plants generate plutonium, seeding the proliferation of nuclear weapons; and we have yet to discover a safe place or method for storing waste that remains deadly for millennia. Add to that the scandalously corrupt and hypocritical economics and politics of nuclear power. So numerous and so severe are the problems Caldicott precisely records and clearly interprets that, as it stands today, nuclear power would appear to be a costly, dangerous, even ludicrous technology. Donna Seaman
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1.0 out of 5 stars Units Sept. 21 2011
By Luke
Format:Paperback
How can you trust anything this lady says when she can't get even get her units right. In the opening statement of her book, and in the paperback description, she says that a trillion Curies of tritium were released, when the real release was a trillion Bequerels.

Now I caught a fish this summer, a lake trout, and it was just a little guy at 12 inches (0.3 meters) long. You'd look at me really funny if I were to say that it was 12,000,000km long, or about 40 times the distance from the earth to the moon. Now Curries and Bequerels are both unit of radioactivity, but 1Cu = 37,000,000,000Bq, so this lady, in essence, just claimed she caught a 40 light-second lake trout.

So, how can you trust someone to tell you the truth, in a logical, factual, sensical way - how can you trust someone's "expert" opinion - when she doesn't even understand the basics of the topic she is campaigning against. Wake up Helen, if you want to be taken seriously, smarten up, sit down, and learn a thing or two about your subject before you rush to take up arms against it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good investigation into nuclear power Aug. 6 2013
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Very investigative, if it's all true we should be more concerned that we currently are. I live in a province that derives 50% of its electricity from nuclear power so this was helpful for my own learning. Content is referenced so you can explore more.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Caldicott still jumping at shadows Jan. 31 2008
By Joffan
Format:Hardcover
This book is an insight into the disturbed mud of anti-nuclear thinking. No deceptive phrase is ignored, no wild exaggeration is avoided, no debunked mythology is too painfully untrue to be spewed out, no unscientific study is left to gather the dust it should. In short, this book is about the irrational phobia of one woman and her tireless campaign to infect others with as much bad thinking as she can.

Helen Caldicott's book is definitely not the answer to anything, unless the question is "How can I start my campfire?"
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Dr. Helen Caldicott, has written another incredible book! In her magnificent book, Helen shows us:

·Why the claim that nuclear energy is clean and green is very misleading.

·How dangereous it is for the individuals involved in the production of the fuel for nuclear reactors and how devastating it can be for the environment.

·That nuclear energy is not nearly as affordable or competitive with other energies as we have been led to believe.

·The possibility of a meltdown at any nuclear power plant currently running is very real, and that there have been several very close calls in recent years, putting literally thousands if not millions of peoples' lives at risk.

·How nuclear power plants can contribute to the proliferation of nuclear weapons!!

On a brighter note, we learn that:

·Renewable energy promises much more in the way of generating electricity for the world than the nuclear folks would have us believe.

·There is enough wind just between the Rocky Mountains and the Mississippi River to meet the electricity needs of the entire U.S., three times over.

·Impressive advances in photovoltaic technology, which generates sunlight directly into electricity, have been made in recent years.

Compelling, well written and easy to read, I highly recommend "Nuclear Power Is Not The Answer," in which Helen explains clearly how expensive nuclear energy actually is and always will be! Certainly a must read for everyone!
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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Dr. Helen Caldicott, has written another incredible book! In her magnificent book, Helen shows us:

·Why the claim that nuclear energy is clean and green is very misleading.

·How dangereous it is for the individuals involved in the production of the fuel for nuclear reactors and how devastating it can be for the environment.

·That nuclear energy is not nearly as affordable or competitive with other energies as we have been lead to believe.

·The possibility of a meltdown at any nuclear power plant currently running is very real, and that there have been several very close calls in recent years, putting literally thousands if not millions of peoples' lives at risk.

·How nuclear power plants can contribute to the proliferation of nuclear weapons!!

On a brighter note, we learn that:

·Renewable energy promises much more in the way of generating electricity for the world than the nuclear folks would have us believe.

·There is enough wind just between the Rocky Mountains and the Mississippi River to meet the electricity needs of the entire U.S., three times over.

·Impressive advances in photovoltaic technology, which generates sunlight directly into electricity, have been made in recent years.

Compelling, well written and easy to read, I highly recommend "Nuclear Power Is Not The Answer," in which Helen explains clearly how expensive nuclear energy actually is and always will be! Certainly a must read for everyone!
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