Nuclear Power is Not the Answer

Publisher: The New Press (2006); ISBN: 978-1-59558-067-2
Melbourne University Press (2006): ISBN 0522 85251 3

In a world torn apart by wars over oil, many politicians are increasingly looking for alternative sources of energy – and their leading choice is often nuclear.

Among the myths that have been spread over the years about nuclear-powered electricity are that it does not cause global warming or pollution (i.e., that it is “clean and green”), that it is inexpensive, and that it is safe. But the facts belie the barrage of nuclear industry propaganda:

  • Nuclear power contributes to global warming
  • The real costs of nuclear power are prohibitive (and taxpayers pick up most of them)
  • There’s not enough uranium in the world to sustain long-term nuclear power
  • Potential for a catastrophic accident or terrorist attack far outweighs any benefits.

Trained as a physician, and – after four decades of antinuclear activism – thoroughly versed in the science of nuclear energy, the bestselling author of Nuclear Madness and Missile Envy here turns her attention from nuclear bombs to nuclear lightbulbs. As she makes meticulously clear in this damning book, the world cannot withstand either.

The edition published by Melbourne University Press contains a special preface for Australian readers.


Guardian, 14 October 2006: Helen Caldicott’s icily alarming indictment of the nuclear industry […] is limpid and expertly argued. Caldicott, a doctor by training, is especially rigorous on the carcinogenic hazards of [nuclear] waste … read more.

Kansas City Star, 8 October 2006: If you’re going to read one book on the environment this fall, make it Helen Caldicott’s Nuclear Power Is Not the Answer … a must-read for anyone interested in the subject … read more.

Edmonton Journal, 10 September 2006: Helen Caldicott is to the international campaign against nuclear energy development what Stephen Lewis is to the international campaign to eradicate HIV-AIDS: thoroughly informed, intensely passionate, and completely committed to the cause. Of all her books, this may be Caldicott’s most powerful yet … read more.

Publishers Weekly, 17 July 2006: Caldicott’s latest antinuke book searingly debunks the claim that the impending “nuclear power renaissance”, purported by some to be the only answer to global warming, is “clean and green” … read more.

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