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A list of key readings about Nuclear power reconsidered.
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General References

The Renewables Only debate

  • Heard BP et al. (2017) Burden of proof: A comprehensive review of the feasibility of 100% renewable-electricity systems Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 76:1122–33
  • Edwin Lyman, Union of Concerned Scientists (2021) Advanced Isn’t Always Better Assessing the Safety, Security, and Environmental Impacts of Non-Light-Water Nuclear Reactors.



Waste Management

Weapon Proliferation

  • Kryuchkov (2011) 'Isotopic Uranium and Plutonium Denaturing as an Effective Method for Nuclear Fuel Proliferation Protection in Open and Closed Fuel Cycles' How nuclear fuel can be made useless for bombs by denaturing (diluting fissile isotopes with hard-to-separate non-fissile, e.g. diluting U-235 with U-238) and by adding a radiation barrier (isotopes that will make stolen fuel easy to detect, hard to handle, and make a bomb fizzle, not detonate).


Projected Costs of Generating Electricity 2020 International Energy Agency's 223 page report, a thorough explanation of the complexities of LCOE (Levelized Cost of Electricity) and a proposal for a better all-in-one measure of cost VALCOE.
INSIDER: Not All Electricity Is Equal—Uses and Misuses of Levelized Cost of Electricity (LCOE) World Resources Institute (2019) Laura M. Valeri. Read this to understand why there is so much confusion over the cost of various sources in discussions on the Internet.

Reactor Designs