What Will Work: Fighting Climate Change with Renewable Energy, Not Nuclear Power (ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS AND SCIENCE POLICY SERIES)

What Will Work: Fighting Climate Change with Renewable Energy, Not Nuclear Power (ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS AND SCIENCE POLICY SERIES)

By: Kristin Shrader-Frechette (author)Paperback

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What Will Work makes a rigorous and compelling case that energy efficiencies and renewable energy - and not nuclear fission or "clean coal" - are the most effective, cheapest, and equitable solutions to the pressing problem of climate change. Kristin Shrader-Frechette, a respected environmental ethicist and scientist, makes a damning case that the only reason that debate about climate change continues is because fossil-fuel interests pay non-experts to confuse the public. She then builds a comprehensive case against the argument made by many that nuclear fission is a viable solution to the problem, arguing that data on the viability of nuclear power has been misrepresented by the nuclear industry and its supporters. In particular she says that they present deeply flawed cases that nuclear produces low greenhouse gas emissions, that it is financially responsible, that it is safe, and that its risks do not fall mainly on the poor and vulnerable. She argues convincingly that these are all completely false assumptions. Shrader-Frechette then shows that energy efficiency and renewable solutions meet all these requirements - in particular affordability, safety, and equitability. In the end, the cheapest, lowest-carbon, most-sustainable energy solutions also happen to be the most ethical. This urgent book on the most pressing issue of our time will be of interest to anyone involved in environmental and energy policy.

About Author

Kristin Shrader-Frechette, Ph.D is O'Neill Endowed Professor, Department of Biological Sciences and Department of Philosophy, University of Notre Dame. Author of 16 books and 380 professional articles - translated into 13 languages - and energy-environmental-health advisor to many nations and governments, she directs the Notre Dame Center for Environmental Justice and Children's Health. She is also the author of Environmental Justice and Taking Action, Saving Lives, and Tainted: How Philosophy of Science Can Expose Bad Science (forthcoming), all published by Oxford University Press.


Glossary ; Chapter 1: Why Climate-Change Skeptics Are Wrong ; Chapter 2: Trimming the Data on Nuclear Greenhouse Emissions ; Chapter 3: Trimming the Data on Nuclear Costs ; Chapter 4: Nuclear Safety, Flawed Science, and Accident Cover-Up ; Chapter 5: Nuclear Energy and Environmental Justice ; Chapter 6: The Solution: ; Using Renewable Energy, Efficiency, and Conservation to Address Climate Change ; Chapter 7: Answering Objections ; Chapter 8: Conclusions ; Notes

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780190215187
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 368
  • ID: 9780190215187
  • weight: 546
  • ISBN10: 0190215186

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