Evaluation of Nuclear Power as a Proposed Solution to Global Warming, Air Pollution, and Energy Security
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Evaluation of Nuclear Power as a Proposed Solution to Global Warming, Air Pollution, and Energy Security In: 100% Clean, Renewable Energy and Storage for Everything Textbook in press, Cambridge University Press Mark Z. Jacobson June 15, 2019 Summary In evaluating solutions to global warming, air pollution, and energy security, two important questions arise are (1) should new nuclear plants be built to help solve these problems, and (2) should existing, aged nuclear plants be kept open as long as possible to help solve these problems? To answer these questions, the main risks associated with nuclear power are examined. The risks associated with nuclear power can be broken down into two categories: (1) risks affecting its ability to reduce global warming and air pollution and (2) risks affecting its ability to provide energy and environmental (aside from climate and air pollution) security. Risks in the former category include delays between planning and operation, emissions contributing to global warming and outdoor air pollution, and costs. Risks in the latter category include weapons proliferation risk, reactor meltdown risk, radioactive waste risk, and mining cancer and land despoilment risks.