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Monday, 23rd April 2007

Secure Energy? Civil Nuclear Power, Security and Global Warming

Secure Energy? Civil Nuclear Power, Security and Global Warming
Source: Oxford Research Group

This report asks two questions: how dangerous is nuclear power? And can it help reduce CO2 emissions? The short answer to the first questions is ‘very’: nuclear power is uniquely dangerous when compared to other energy sources. For the second question the answer is ‘not enough and not in time’.

By comparing the security consequences of civil nuclear power to its contribution to tackling climate change, Oxford Research Group shows that rather than making a positive contribution, an expansion of civil nuclear power would:

  • Make efforts to control the spread of nuclear weapons much more difficult.
  • Increase the risk of nuclear terrorism.
  • Make a negligible short-term contribution to lowering CO2 emissions.
  • Make a negligible contribution to energy security.

+ Full Report (PDF; 1.34 MB)


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