The Doomsday Clock is an internationally recognized design that conveys how close we are to destroying our civilization with dangerous technologies of our own making. First and foremost among these are nuclear weapons, but the dangers include climate-changing technologies, emerging... Read More
Jannuzzi is professor of energy systems at Universidade Estadual de Campinas in Brazil, the head of the university's Center for Interdisciplinary Energy Studies, and a former dean of its graduate program in energy planning. He is also executive director of the International Energy Initiative, a nongovernmental organization with offices in Brazil, India, and the United States. He received his doctorate in energy studies from the University of Cambridge and has served as a visiting scholar at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the United Nations Environment Program's Center on Energy and Environment. He has also served as technical coordinator for Brazil's National Energy Resarch and Development Fund.
The author reports that, to Latin Americans, who live in a relatively peaceful region that has been governed for decades by a nuclear-weapon-free zone treaty, the international community's concerns about the proliferation of nuclear weapons can sound a bit strange.
The author argues that many developing countries contemplate adoption of nuclear power because they devote too much focus to energy security and too little to energy delivery systems and end-use energy infrastructure.
The author argues that nuclear energy is too costly and centralized for poor countries but that middle-income countries, with their expanding urban populations and growing industrial sectors, might indeed be candidates for nuclear power.