- Consulting Editors
- List of Contributors
- The Macroeconomics of Global Warming
- Improving Climate Projections to Better Inform Climate Risk Management
- Energy Balance Climate Models, Damage Reservoirs, and The Time Profile of Climate Change Policy
- Economics of Environmental Regime Shifts
- Policy Scenarios in a Model of Optimal Economic Growth and Climate Change
- Adaptive Model-Predictive Climate Policies in a Multicountry Setting
- Prospects of Tools from Differential Games in the Study of Macroeconomics of Climate Change
- Fairness in Climate Negotiations: A Meta-Game Analysis Based on Community Integrated Assessment
- Climate Change and Second-Best Abatement in a Multiregion World with Endogenous Growth
- Global Warming and R&D-Based Growth in a Trade Model between Environmentally Sensitive and Environmentally Neglectful Countries
- Climate Change and Intergenerational Well-Being
- The Atmosphere as a Global Commons
- The Social Cost of Carbon
- Climate-Friendly Technological Change for Developing Countries
- Renewable Energy: Models, Implications, and Prospects
- Emission Trading Systems and Technological Innovation: A Random Matching Model
- The Reality of Nuclear Power: The Fukushima Experience and Its Impact
- Forecast-Based Pricing of Weather Derivatives
- Employment and Output Effects of Climate Policies
- Macroeconomic Effects of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Policies with a Focus on Germany
- Stabilization of Earth’s Climate in the 21st Century by the Stabilization of Per Capita Consumption
- Does the Kyoto Protocol Intensify Carbon Leakage to China?
- Climate Thresholds, Weather Extremes, and Catastrophic Losses
- Climate Impacts on Agriculture: A Challenge to Complacency?
- The Legal Framework of Global Environment Governance on Climate Change: A Critical Survey
- Environment and Development Challenges: The Imperative of a Carbon Fee and Dividend
- The Need for Sustainable Development and a Carbon Market: Avoiding Extinction
- Name Index
- Subject Index
Abstract and Keywords
For many years nuclear power has been offered by many, including a large number of environmentalists, as a sustainable energy source. Nuclear energy has been touted as a safe, clean, renewable source of energy that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, especially CO2, while generating enough energy to meet the needs of industry and a growing urban population. Moreover, the issue of what to do with nuclear waste was even countered because of new technological advancements that will enable the recycling and reprocessing of waste. However, the dialogue on nuclear power changed significantly when the Great Tohoku-Kanto earthquake struck Japan on March 11, 2011. The disaster that occurred created a global discussion on nuclear energy. Both proponents and opponents of nuclear power made their case. However, neither group considered the CO2 emissions from warmer water temperatures from nuclear power or the global supplies of uranium. This chapter examines several fundamental issues associated with nuclear power generation plants with a particular focus on the case of Japan.
Kozo Mayumi, Professor of Economics, Faculty of IAS, The University of Tokushima, Japan.
John M. Polimeni, Associate Professor of Economics, Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.
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