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Dr. Helen Caldicott is the world's leading spokesperson for the antinuclear movement. She is a Nobel Peace Prize nominee and was the recipient of the 2003 Lannan Prize for Cultural Freedom. A bestselling author, Caldicott is the co-founder of Physicians for Social Responsibility and president of the Nuclear Policy Research Institute. She divides her time between Australia and the United States.
Caldecott's latest antinuke book searingly debunks the claim that the impending "nuclear power renaissance," purported by some to be the only answer to global warming, is "clean and green." She covers all the bases, from the carbon emitted in the creation of nuclear power (higher than fossil fuels if the entire process from uranium mining to waste disposal is included) to the cost of nuclear plants (too high to be viable without large government subsidies) and the health risks and possibility of accidents and terrorists' access (more than we'd like to think). She also points out that, despite proponents' assurances, we still haven't found a safe place to store the waste materials for the necessary thousands of years, and that state-of-the-art nuclear plant technology is still full of unresolved problems. Caldecott's predictable alternative is also sensible: switch to wind and other benign renewables, turn down the thermostat, wear a sweater, use energy efficient lights and dry clothes on the clothesline. Detractors will complain that she is strident and incendiary, but those who believe that facts matter will want to read her frighteningly convincing argument. (Sept.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
"[An] icily alarming indictment of the nuclear industry. [...] The book is limpid and expertly argued." - Steven Poole, The Guardian"