ERIC Number: ED237331
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Nuclear Power: The Market Test. Worldwatch Paper 57.
Nuclear power was considered vital to humanity's future until just a short time ago. Since the late seventies, economic viability has joined a list of such issues as waste disposal and radiation hazards which call into question the future of nuclear power. This document discusses (in separate sections): (1) the selling of nuclear power, including worldwide nuclear power commitments; (2) costs, including annual rate increases for nuclear construction; (3) explanations for the rising cost of nuclear power, examining such issues as mismanagement, nuclear power plant sizes, design flaws in early plants that required costly correction, and earthquake resistance; (4) decline of nuclear power programs in the United States; (5) international outlook on nuclear power development; and (6) other issues and problems. It is pointed out in the last section that the economic failings of nuclear power suggest the need for several major policy changes, including a more balanced approach in energy research and development which nuclear power has dominated in most industrial countries since the fifties. (JN)
Descriptors: Costs, Economic Factors, Economics, Electricity, Foreign Countries, Nuclear Energy, Nuclear Power Plants, Nuclear Technology, Policy Formation, Research and Development, Utilities
Worldwatch Institute, 1776 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20036 ($2.00 per copy; 2-10 copies: $1.50 ea.; 11-50: $1.25 ea.; 51 or more: $1.00 ea.).
Publication Type: Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Community
Authoring Institution: Worldwatch Inst., Washington, DC.