Nuclear Power: Villain or Victim?
The book in paperback form can be purchased at
Pebble Beach Publishers
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Madison, WI 53717
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Max W. Carbon, Professor Emeritus of Nuclear Engineering at
the University of Wisconsin-Madison, wrote the book Nuclear
Power: Villain or Victim? in 1997 and subsequently made it
available electronically in 2005.
The second edition was published in 2006.
The book was written for the general public, with the aim to
inform the public about both the benefits and the risks of
nuclear power. No scientific or mathematical training
is needed to understand
the material presented there. The book discusses the important
aspects of nuclear power, including the following:
- The safety record of nuclear power is outstanding. Radiation from
nuclear plants has not caused any known deaths among the public
worldwide, except at the Chernobyl plant in the Ukraine. The known
death toll from the Chernobyl accident is less than 50.
- Less radiation is given off by a nuclear plant than a coal plant.
Nuclear power plants emit no carbon dioxide
(which contributes to global warming)
nor sulfur and nitrogen oxides (which cause acid rain).
- There is an excellent solution to disposing of our
nuclear wastes - to bury
them deep underground where they will be harmless. In contrast, there is
no solution to handling the billions of tons of carbon dioxide which coal
and natural gas plants release yearly, except to discharge them into the
- Nuclear power plants save
thousands of lives yearly
in the United States. This is because nuclear plants replace many coal
plants, which emit tiny particulates into the atmosphere.
are believed to cause the premature death
of thousands of Americans each year. Nuclear
plants emit no particulates.
The book explains these points and many others in detail.
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