Things Worse Than Nuclear Power
www.thingsworsethannuclearpower.com is a great blog run by some MIT folks that we have been meaning to write about. It is based on a key concept that seems missing from the thinking and arguments of anti-nuclear activists — that nuclear energy must be compared to its alternatives. For those of us (at MIT SNEP and elsewhere) who believe that nuclear power is the route to solving our environmental, economic and security challenges, that means we cannot just talk about how great atomic energy is — we have to say “compared to”. This is something that is uncomfortable, since it means learning about the problems with other energy sources and bringing them up when discussing nuclear power. Few engineers like talking badly about other options, especially about solar, wind or biomass.
But informed decisions about energy are always about comparison — so the risks or costs of nuclear power can only be understood in the context of the negative impact of both fossil and “green energy” alternatives. ThingsWorseThanNuclearPower does a great job of that, with many articles that are enlightening and sometimes funny.