Opener: Nuclear Politics
The politics of nuclear energy is highly dependent on national history. Those with a weapons background remain in need of reactors and are willing to use unclear energy. Many cannot afford it so the questions are moot. The remainder seem to adjust to the most popular view.
The history of nuclear weapons and the three reactor accidents with the loss of one Russian and 4 American reactors overwhelm public perceptions.
The Renewable energy movement has used the fear of all these events to good effect, despite the large number of reactors around the world which have been or still are being operated without any significant accidents.
National and tribal memories run deep and can override merely sensible improvements in the way we live. Germany was cast in the role of the front line state over which the nuclear battles of a third world war would be fought between the West and the Soviet Union. Fear of weapons and reactors is conflated.
Only politicians ever wanted to play these nuclear fantasy games, while citizens pushed for Nuclear Disarmament and many scientists supported the Pugwash Conferences. Most people would of course prefer a world without nuclear weapons.
The US still strives, unsuccessfully, to have control of the agendas for both weapons and reactors. The main achievement has been to retard reactor development while the oil and coal industries flourish.
The overviews in the library touch on all of these issues and provide a starting point for deeper discussions on nuclear energy over the next 10,000 years.
Nuclear energy could be the most effective binding force between nations and religious and political groups, all with a common need for reliable electricity. Certainly, the solar system cannot be explored using wind power.