ABSTRACT

The fact that nuclear power does not contribute significantly to emissions of gases associated with climate change, notably carbon dioxide and, less importantly, methane and nitrous oxide , has been advanced by its supporters as a major argument for further nuclear investment. Advocates argue that from this perspective, nuclear power is a strong candidate for a sustainable future. Opponents tend to argue that there are better ways of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and that nuclear power’s other environmental consequences should be taken into account.