Article | 2001

The Nuclear Option Revisited

By Amory Lovins

This article is a response to the resurrected arguments in favor of nuclear power. The authors make their argument against the public relations campaign of the nuclear industry. They claim that nuclear power is not a viable option, mostly due it its high cost. They also argue that scientists still haven’t developed reliable ways to handle nuclear wastes and decommissioned plants, which remain dangerously radioactive for far longer than societies last or geological foresight extends. The authors then provide examples of non-nuclear options that are cheaper, safer, and more reliable.