I really hope that this site may serve as some people’s first introduction to nuclear power. So I have provided some useful resources; a few of my own, and some other great links and references.
Firstly, here is a link to the presentation I delivered on 8th March 2011, Nuclear Power- From Opponent to Proponent. This provides some detail around the journey I took in changing my mind about nuclear power. It has an easy-to-follow structure and good references and links.
A few days before that, I gave an interview on 891 ABC radio here in Adelaide. Here is the link to hear that interview . I have the opportunity to describe a bit of the journey I was on, as well as taking a few questions.
I was asked to provide 400 words to the Sydney Morning Herald, answering “The Question” for that weekend: Are our fears of nuclear power irrational? Nothing sharpens the mind like a word limit!!! I’ve tried to condense a lot of relevant messages into this article. The link will also give you the other three perspectives they ran alongside mine.
For all matters on both climate change and nuclear power, it is hard to go past the amazing blog Brave New Climate, run by the incomparable Professor Barry Brook of Adelaide University. In particular, if you want to learn about 4th generation nuclear power (and believe me, you do!), this is a great place to go.
Perfect for a summary of both the pro and anti nuclear positions is the book “Why vs Why: Nuclear Power”, authored by Barry Brook (pro) and Ian Lowe (anti). Less a book, more a couple of essay’s, it’s the perfect way to get your bearings on the issue. It’s 2010, published by Pantera Press. For the Adelaideans, I ordered mine through the beautiful bookstore Mary Martin. If you can’t wait, drop me a line and you can borrow my copy. All respect to Ian for his amazing career achievements, but I really found Barry’s work shone like a beacon of impartial analysis and commonsense.
If you like books, then I can really recommend Prescription for the Planet by Tom Blees for more information on 4th generation nuclear. I also got a lot out of James Hansen’s book Storms of My Grandchildren. This is a denser read, but it helped my understanding of climate science no end. It is now available as free PDF in full!
The World Nuclear Association webpage is very helpful. I completely understand that if you are currently approaching the issue as a non-fan of the nuclear industry that you may not like to trust this source. That’s fine. In that case, just use it as I have for the facts and figures that are indisputable: numbers and location of reactors, planned developments in different countries; that type of thing.
The recently minted Australian website Nucleus 92 provides a really good summary on the basic operations of nuclear power and nuclear power plants. When I say “basic” there is naturally a degree of complexity, but the author has written it in a very clear and well laid out way. If you feel ready to get into the science of nuclear power a little more, this is a pretty good place to start and come back to.
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