A Background Briefing on Radioactive Pollution

by Wendy Oser and Molly Young Brown, M.Div.

 a document of the
www.nonukes.org 
and Nuclear Guardianship Library web sites
1996

 


Summary and Table of Contents


Summary: This article explores technical, biomedical, political, psychological, and moral dimensions of the radioactive pollution problem.  It critiques some of the arguments and proposals offered by the nuclear industry.  It proposes a comprehensive approach toward creating appropriate global policy, based on principles of "nuclear guardianship," and reports on movement in promising directions.

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SECTION 1

Introduction
Radiation and Contamination
Biomedical Effects

SECTION 2

Political and Economic Complexities, Waste Storage and Dumping

SECTION 3

Acceptance of Risk,
Enormous Costs,
Psychological Damage,
Problematic "Solutions"

SECTION 4

Why Continue Production?
Moral Perspective
Paradigm Shift Needed
Guardianship
The Nuclear Guardianship Ethic
A Psychoanalyst's Response

SECTION 5

Overcoming Denial
Education
Promising Proposals
Energy Efficiency and Renewables
Citizen Participation
Conclusion.

SECTION 6

References Cited

 



Wendy Oser and Molly Young Brown edit and write for the Nuclear Guardianship Forum and other publications. They can be reached at Plutonium Free Future, P.O. Box 2589, Berkeley CA 94702.

 


This article was originally published as:

The Guardianship Ethic In Response to Radioactive Pollution: 
A Meta Model for a Sustainable World.

in Current World Leaders International Issues
v. 38, No. 6, December, 1996
International Academy at Santa Barbara 
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