"Contesting the Future of Nuclear Power provides a badly needed, concise, and comprehensive overview of the reasons why nuclear energy is a deeply flawed policy option. The list of reasons is a long one: accidents, cost overruns, low return on investment, decommissioning costs, terrorism risks, uranium shortages, groundwater contamination, disposal risks, mining hazards, shipping security, centralized bureaucracy, etc. Moreover, for those who wish to portray nuclear energy as a 'green' energy option, Sovacool explodes the green myth by showing that carbon emissions over the life cycle of a nuclear-powered electricity plant are strikingly high, and the trend is for the carbon footprint of nuclear energy to become equivalent to that of electricity from fossil fuels." ---- David J Hess, Professor Science and Technology Studies Department, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
"The much-vaunted US nuclear renaissance isn't happening. Contesting the Future of Nuclear Power is a must-read book that explains why that's no surprise." -- Joseph Romm, Editor of ClimateProgress.org and former US Assistant Secretary of Energy
"The much-vaunted US nuclear renaissance isn't happening. Contesting the Future of Nuclear Power is a must-read book that explains why that's no surprise." ---- Joseph Romm, Editor of ClimateProgress.org and former US Assistant Secretary of Energy
Dr Benjamin K Sovacool is currently an Assistant Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. His research interests include the barriers to alternative sources of energy supply such as renewable electricity generators and distributed generation, the politics of large-scale energy infrastructure, designing public policy to improve energy security, and building adaptive capacity and resilience to climate change in least developed Asian countries.