This post by Michael Hiteshew details the reasons why he supports nuclear power. He says that itís due to his commitment to environmental concerns that drives his interest.
Thatís very much the same reason why I went nuclear myself. But this isnít a new idea. I was first introduced to the concept that nuclear power was environmentally friendly way back in 1977 through a science fiction book. (Iím sure that Jay Manifold will approve.)
The book is entitled Luciferís Hammer, and itís written by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle. The story is about what happens when some pieces of a comet strike the Earth, essentially ending civilization.
The first half of the book is character intro and setup. Plenty of space is used for Larry to preach about how the environmental lobby is killing our future. The second half is concerned with the main character’s efforts to survive.
I have no idea if this work has been updated or not. The original has become seriously dated in the past 25 years. In the book, the Space Shuttle has yet to fly. Russia is still Soviet. Johnny Carson is on TV and calculators cost hundreds of dollars.
My advice is to pick up a copy and give it a read. Dated or not it still has something to offer.