Nuclear Energy

A Sensible Alternative

  • Karl O. Ott
  • Bernard I. Spinrad

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Introduction and Overview

    1. T. J. Connolly
      Pages 1-14
  3. Energy and Society

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-16
    2. Bernard I. Spinrad
      Pages 17-47
    3. V. P. Kenney, J. W. Lucey
      Pages 49-72
    4. Ian A. Forbes, Joe C. Turnage
      Pages 73-109
    5. Robert E. Uhrig
      Pages 111-118
    6. A. David Rossin
      Pages 119-122
  4. Economics of Nuclear Power

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 123-124
    2. A. David Rossin
      Pages 125-152
    3. C. Pierre Zaleski
      Pages 153-178
  5. Recycling and Proliferation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 179-180
    2. Bertrand Goldschmidt
      Pages 181-194
    3. Bernard I. Spinrad
      Pages 195-205
    4. Bernard I. Spinrad
      Pages 207-221
    5. E. L. Zebroski, Bernard I. Spinrad
      Pages 223-247
    6. Bernard I. Spinrad, E. L. Zebroski
      Pages 265-269
  6. Risk Assessment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 271-272
    2. Gerald S. Lellouche
      Pages 273-286
    3. T. G. Theofanous, Richard Wilson
      Pages 287-298
    4. Bernard L. Cohen
      Pages 299-311
    5. Bernard L. Cohen
      Pages 313-315
    6. Bernard L. Cohen
      Pages 317-325
  7. Special Nuclear Issues, Past and Present

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 327-328
    2. Bernard L. Cohen
      Pages 329-338
    3. Bernard L. Cohen
      Pages 355-365
    4. Bernard L. Cohen
      Pages 367-368
    5. A. David Rossin
      Pages 369-370
    6. Bernard I. Spinrad
      Pages 371-372
    7. Chris Whipple
      Pages 373-379
    8. A. David Rossin
      Pages 381-382
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 383-386

About this book


E. L. Zebroski During the 1970s, there was rapid growth of a philosophy that assumes that deindustrialization will result in an Elysian postindustrial society. This view is generally antitechnology; commonly in opposition to large-scale energy sources; and often supportive of high-cost, speculative, or at most, small-scale energy sources. The social and economic costs of policies which would lead to dein­ dustrialization are ignored or considered to be irrelevant. The development of civilian nuclear energy as a by-product of wartime developments also brings with it an association with the fear of nuclear weapons and with the repugnance for war in general. Many of these views and associations mingle to provide significant political constituencies. These have had consid­ erable impact on party platforms and elections. Also, another important aspect is the conservation viewpoint. This view--correctly--concerns the fact that in­ definite increase in per capita energy consumption, coupled with increasing U.S. and world populations, must at some point be restrained by limits on resources as well as by limits arising from environmental effects. All of these concerns have been subject to voluminous analysis, publications, and public discussion. They underlie one of the dominant social movements of the 1970s and 1980s. Indefinite exponential growth of energy production is neither possible nor de­ sirable.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Karl O. Ott
    • 1
  • Bernard I. Spinrad
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Nuclear EngineeringPurdue UniversityWest LafayetteUSA
  2. 2.Department of Nuclear EngineeringIowa State UniversityAmesUSA

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