Against the Grain

Nuclear Power and the Climate Emergency

Times of emergency require difficult decisions and we’re told by the likes of Bill Gates that nuclear power is necessary to get the world off fossil fuels. Nuclear power boosters argue that new technologies have made nuclear reactors cheaper and safer. Scholar and scientist M.V. Ramana calls this a fiction. He asserts that nuclear power remains dangerous, expensive, polluting, and too slow to come online in time. He argues that nuclear power is a boondoggle that would derail us from the urgent need to switch to renewable energy, while increasing the danger of nuclear conflict.


M.V. Ramana, Nuclear is Not the Solution: The Folly of Atomic Power in the Age of Climate Change Verso, 2024


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