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Nuclear Power, No Thanks?

  • Juan José Gómez Cadenas
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Abstract

The greatest misunderstanding related to nuclear energy, which is continuously exploited by its opponents, is the nature of radioactivity. Pierre and Marie Curie carried in the pockets of their laboratory coats test tubes full of highly radioactive substances, unaware that gamma radiation could be harmful at high doses. In contrast, antinuclear propaganda has been so effective that most people are convinced that any radioactive “leakage” is deadly or that radioactive waste has to be buried at a depth of kilometers to avoid harmful effects—in fact, a few meters of soil is enough to absorb even the most intense gamma radiation—or that cancer risk grows exponentially due to nuclear power plants—which, fortunately enough for French citizens, isn’t true.

Keywords

Black Hole Nuclear Power Plant Radioactive Waste Chernobyl Accident Nuclear Plant 
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© Juan José Gómez Cadenas 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • Juan José Gómez Cadenas
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  1. 1.Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas and Universidad de ValenciaValenciaSpain

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