Baruch Fischhoff

Articles by Baruch Fischhoff

11 April 2011

The emotions of nuclear experts

Baruch Fischhoff

Like most people, nuclear experts may respond to crises with emotions such as anger and dread, which can lead to panic and regressive behavior.

11 April 2011

The emotions of nuclear experts

Baruch Fischhoff

Thirty years ago, I had the good fortune to visit with Stephen Cotgrove, whose 1982 book Catastrophe or Cornucopia: The Environment, Politics and the Future was a pioneering analysis of emerging controversies over the risks and benefits of modern technologies.

17 February 2009

The nuclear energy industry's communication problem

Baruch Fischhoff

According to the industry, nuclear energy is on the verge of an enormous resurgence, fulfilling the promise that was thwarted by the Chernobyl and Three Mile Island reactor accidents, the Washington Public Power Supply System financial collapse, and other misadventures. These upbeat accounts point to new technology, legislation, energy realities, and management teams as reasons for optimism. Skeptics portray these opportunities as mirages, obscuring the unresolved problems that undermined nuclear expansion plans a generation ago.