Robert Costanza, Cutler Cleveland, Bruce Cooperstein, Ida Kubiszewski, Can Nuclear Power Be Part of the Solution?, The Solutions Journal, Volume 2, Issue 3, May 2011, Pages 29-31 (https://www.thesolutionsjournal.com/article/can-nuclear-power-be-part-of-the-solution/) Abstract: As the unfolding nuclear disaster in Japan has shown, the costs of cleanup after a nuclear meltdown are borne in large part by national governments and taxpayers rather than the industry. Paying for cleanup is just one of many hidden costs of nuclear energy that make judging the value of nuclear power difficult. Many countries, including the United States, are rushing to build a new generation of nuclear power plants to reduce carbon emissions. However, the disaster in Japan should force us to take into account the full costs of nuclear power (and other energy sources). Here we propose that all forms of energy incorporate their full costs (including climate impacts, the risk of accidents, and the safe disposal of waste) so that their true value to society can be revealed and better decisions made. Taken as a whole, the safety record of nuclear energy has been relatively good.1 In addition, new plant designs, so-called generation III reactors, have enhanced safety features … Topics: Climate Change; Governance; Resilience