The nuclear 'renaissance' and the geography of the uranium fuel cycle

Garcier, Romain
October 2009
Geography;Autumn2009, Vol. 94 Issue 3, p198
Academic Journal
There is much talk in the media about the seeming inevitability of a 'renaissance' in the nuclear energy industry as a means of reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Less is reported, however, about the geography of the nuclear fuel cycle, and the various material constraints that affect the nuclear industry worldwide. This article addresses both these aspects of the nuclear energy industry, and considers the fundamental spatial and political mismatch between the places where uranium is mined, processed and consumed. It also considers how uranium has been culturally framed as a political object in the past, and the way in which this continues to have a bearing on its commercial circulation.


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