Nuclear Power and Justice between Generations. A Moral Analysis of Fuel Cycles
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Nuclear Power and Justice between Generations A Moral Analysis of Fuel Cycles Proefschrift ter verkrijging van de graad van doctor aan de Technische Universiteit Delft, © Behnam Taebi, 2010 door Behnam TAEBI materiaalkundig ingenieur geboren te Teheran, Iran 1 Introduction Nuclear power is receiving increasing attention in public and political debates due to the growing worldwide demand for energy and the mounting climate change concerns emanating from fossil fuel combustion. On the one hand this renewed interest is understandable because – in comparison to oil and gas – nuclear energy has many advantages. One may, for instance, think of the abundant availability of resources1, the ability to produce large amounts of energy with small amounts of fuel and the very low greenhouse gas production levels. It can also make industrialized countries less dependent on those conventional energy sources that mainly have to be imported from other parts of the world. On the other hand, there are also serious disadvantages attached to the using of nuclear energy such as accident risks in reactors, waste transport risks, proliferation concerns or worries about the possibility of deploying such technology for destructive purposes and, indeed, there is also the issue of what to do with the long-lived radiotoxic waste.