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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

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.