chapter  1
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Introduction

In the 1970s, energy – and especially nuclear power – became one of the most urgent problems in all advanced industrial societies. Many see it as ‘the most important propaganda battle now being fought in the industrial world’.1 On few other issues have diverse pressures focused so rapidly, putting enormous strain on traditional democratic institutions. Pressures underlying local decisions have coalesced to make each decision the subject of broader conflict. Nuclear power is associated with nuclear weapons, oligarchic and repressive government, scientific and technological hubris, environmental depradation and even male chauvinism.