Myths of Nuclear Power

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To address the myths of nuclear power, the Heinrich Böll Stiftung has commissioned renowned international nuclear experts to deliver reports that provide the public with an overview of current, fact-rich, and nuclear-critical know-how.

Heinrich Boell Foundation proudly presents four publications, that take different perspectives on the issue of nuclear power.

The book, “Myths of Nuclear Power: How the Energy Lobby is Pulling the Wool Over our Eyes" delivers the long-overdue, nuclear critical know-how for the debate, pointing to alternatives, and unmasks nuclear energy for what it is: an irresponsible and expensive high-risk technology. It shows how nuclear diverts limited funds from renewable energy, that is better suited to help fight climate change and debunks such myths of its proponents, as if there were no problems with nuclear waste disposal or limited resources of uranium. They argue that there is no renaissance of nuclear energy in the world, therefore it is not a future-oriented way of giving power to the world.

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Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, European Union
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Table of contents

Preface: Nuclear Energy – a Dead End 4
Introduction: Forsmark – 22 Minutes of Fear and Terror 7
First Myth: Nuclear Energy is Safe 8
The residual risk of forgetting 9
The insidious poison of routine 11
Second Myth: The Dangers through Misuse and Terror can be Controlled 15
Suicide attacks would put 9/11 in the shade 17
Deadly Siamese twins: the civil and military use of atomic energy 18
Third Myth: Atomic Waste? No Problem! 20
There is no place for permanent disposal – anywhere 21
Fourth Myth: There is Enough Uranium Fuel 24
Fifth Myth: Nuclear Energy Benefits Climate Protection 27
How nuclear energy obstructs sustainable climate protection 29
The competition between nuclear energy and renewable energy is intensifying 30
Nuclear climate protection is unrealistic 31
Sixth Myth: We need extended life spans 33
Nuclear energy companies break their promise 35
Why cream off surplus profits? 35
Withdrawing from nuclear energy the smart way 36
Seventh Myth: Nuclear Energy is Experiencing a Renaissance 37
Renewable energy is the new global trend 38
Subsidies to prevent nuclear depression 40
The end of the nuclear power myth 44
The decision: the future of energy supply 46
References 50