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Nuclear Politics

  • By: William J. Kinsella
  • In: Green Politics: An A-to-Z Guide
  • Edited by: Dustin Mulvaney & Paul Robbins
  • Subject:Environmental Sociology, Environmental Technology, Policy & Management, Environmental Policy & Law (general)

The term nuclear politics encompasses two broad areas: nuclear weapons and civilian nuclear technologies. Those areas are linked in a number of ways, and disputes regarding their linkages are themselves part of nuclear politics. Political issues surround the development, manufacturing, testing, deployment, proliferation, and policies for use of nuclear weapons. Civilian nuclear energy is political in terms of regulation, public health and safety implications, environmental impact, waste disposal, financing and risk insurance, competition with other energy sources, and connections to weapons development and proliferation. Other industrial and medical applications of nuclear energy present less prominent controversies.

The controversial Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant drew years of protests and civil disobedience, including a blockade, before it eventually opened in 1982.
Source: Wikipedia

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