Climate Change, Nuclear Economics, and Conflicts of Interest

TitleClimate Change, Nuclear Economics, and Conflicts of Interest
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsShrader-Frechette, KS
JournalScience & Engineering Ethics
Volume17
Issue1
Pagination75-107
Type of ArticleArticle
Publication Languageeng
ISSN Number13533452
Accession Number58456535
Keywordsatomic , business , Climate , CLIMATIC , Conflict , Conflict of Interest , conflicts , Data-trimming , ECONOMICS , electricity , energy , ENGINEERING , GLOBAL , GREENHOUSE , Greenhouse-gas , Nuclear , RENEWABLE , Solar , Wind
AbstractAttempting to show that increased atomic energy can help address climate change, some industry advocates claim nuclear power is an inexpensive way to generate low-carbon electricity. Surveying 30 recent nuclear analyses, this paper shows that industry-funded studies appear to fall into conflicts of interest and to illegitimately trim cost data in several main ways. If these trimmed costs are included, nuclear-generated electricity can be shown roughly 6 times more expensive than most studies claim. After answering four objections, the paper concludes that, although there may be reasons to use reactors to address climate change, economics does not appear to be one of them.
NotesShrader-Frechette, Kristin 1; Email Address: kshrader@nd.edu; Affiliation: 1: Department of Philosophy and Department of Biological Sciences, University of Notre Dame, 100 Malloy Hall, Notre Dame, IN 46556, USA; Source Info: Mar2011, Vol. 17 Issue 1, p75; Subject Term: CLIMATIC changes; Subject Term: NUCLEAR energy; Subject Term: CONFLICT of interests; Subject Term: GLOBAL warming; Subject Term: GREENHOUSE gases; Author-Supplied Keyword: Atomic energy; Author-Supplied Keyword: Climate change; Author-Supplied Keyword: Conflicts of interest; Author-Supplied Keyword: Data-trimming; Author-Supplied Keyword: Economics; Author-Supplied Keyword: Electricity; Author-Supplied Keyword: Energy; Author-Supplied Keyword: Global warming; Author-Supplied Keyword: Greenhouse-gas emissions; Author-Supplied Keyword: Nuclear power; Author-Supplied Keyword: Renewable; Author-Supplied Keyword: Solar photovoltaic; Author-Supplied Keyword: Wind; Number of Pages: 33p; Document Type: Article
DOI10.1007/s11948-009-9181-y
Short TitleClimate Change, Nuclear Economics, and Conflicts of Interest
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