Mad Science: The Nuclear Power Experiment
Some environmentalists champion nuclear power as an answer to global warming. An important new book by anti-nuclear campaigner Joseph Mangano argues that the dangers far outweigh any benefits.
Joseph Mangano Mad Science: The Nuclear Power Experiment OR Books 2012
reviewed by Elaine Graham-Leigh Counterfire, May 3, 2013
The thesis of Mangano’s book is that the era of nuclear power, in the US at least, is nearly over. The US nuclear power programme, he argues, ‘has been a failure, and will fade into obscurity with time … Building a single new reactor will either take years to complete or never occur’ (pp.280-1). For Mangano, this is a victory for the anti-nuclear campaigners like him who have fought for decades against official denials that nuclear power plants were dangerous or could cause health problems. It is, he says, ‘a triumph for truth over non-truth’.?