Nuclear Power and Corporate Priorities

Nuclear Power and Corporate Priorities

A challenge to nuclear power requires an assault upon the basic corporate priorities that undergird the entire economy. However, one suspects that many participants in the growing antinuclear movement, including some who consider themselves to be the most militant, have not faced up to the truly radical implications of shutting down this life-threatening industry.

To be sure, some have begun to confront the economic and social issues at stake. Barry Commoner’s two-part series in the New Y orker showed how a shift to solar energy would require structural changes in the way energy decisions are made in this country. Charles Komanoffs analysis in the New Y ork Review of Books demonstrated that nuclear energy is not only apocalyptically dangerous but also inefficient and costly. These and other crucial considerations, it seems to me, have not been examined by many people in the movement.


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