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Environmental Issues in India by Mahesh Rangarajan

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IS THE FRIENDLY ATOM POISED FOR A COMEBACK?

Eliot Marshal

‘Nuclear power faces stagnation and decline.’ So warned a group of scientists in a sweeping review published two years ago by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge.1 Led by chemist John Deutch and physicist Ernest Moniz, both of MIT, the study concluded that nuclear power was in trouble and deserved a helping hand from government. Despite high construction costs, the authors argued that the United States should triple the number of unclear power plants by mid-century because they can deliver electricity without emitting green-house gases such as carbon dioxide (C02). The MIT group proposed a hefty tax on carbon emission to help get this cleaner energy source ...

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