Nuclear or Not? Choice for Our Energy Future documents the proceedings of a Royal Institution Forum held in October 1978. The Forum brought together the Friends of the Earth and the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority to discuss their opposing views concerning energy policy and nuclear power in the UK. The volume begins by presenting the opening address given by Dr John Cunningham, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the UK Department of Energy, where he emphasized the Government's commitment to open debate and the need to 'ensure that the development of nuclear power does not outstrip public acceptance and understanding of what it involves'. The remainder to the text is devoted to the papers presented and discussions held during separate sessions on the energy problem, strategies for the future, alternative energy sources, the technological demands of nuclear power, the international proliferation of nuclear weapons, and policy steps for the UK. The text concludes with a review of the Forum.
Table of Contents
Introduction Opening Address What is the Energy Problem? Discussion Strategies for the Future Discussion Alternative Energy Sources Discussion Questions of Energy Policy The Technological Demands of Nuclear Power Discussion The Fast Reactor and the Plutonium Fuel Cycle Discussion International Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons Discussion Next Policy Steps in the United Kingdom Review of the Forum