Confronting Risks: Introduction to the Consideration of Nuclear Energy

Introduction to the Consideration of Nuclear Energy

  • Current challenges for environmental governance revolves around the effects of climate change. Which threatens both the environment and all forms of life that in habit such locations. (p. 651)
  • Even though there are people who are still speculative about the relationship of increasing atmospheric concentration of green house gases and consequences due to climate change, there is little doubt that out dependence on fossil fuels need to be slowed and/or halted. (p.651)
  • Conservation policy efforts in combination with alternative sources of energy will be the key to dealing with climate change and other threats posed on the environment… This leads us to the discussion of proposed expansion of nuclear power. (p.651)
  • Dangers from nuclear power plants are similar to the risks from climate change itself, but the tangible impacts of nuclear plants gone wrong have been more accessible to the general population than that of climate change. (p.651)
  • Some say that climate change poses moderate and widely dispersed damage at high level of probability with uncertainty about range and extent of impact. (p.651)
  • Moving forward with nuclear power as a more prominent form of energy in the future poses threats that are significantly less but more intensified, focused, and will most likely harm fewer people. (p.651)
  • One argument is that the expansion of nuclear power would lessen the number of threats from climate change with a decrease of green-house gases, but the number of people in range of threat by a nuclear catastrophe would increase. This is the dilemma. Displacing one set of vulnerable inhabitants from one risk to the other. (p.652)


Vanderheiden, Steve. “Confronting Risks: Regulatory Responsibility and Nuclear Energy.” Environmental Politics 20.5 (2011): 650-67. Print.


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