This is a paper originally written for Energy Policy — heavily influenced by work from GHG Accounting and Life Cycle Analysis — during my grad entry BAppSc in Energy Studies, semester 2 2007 (~September). Of course it is essentially a summary of other work; there is no original research. However, I did construct some original graphs collating a range of LCA studies on the uranium fuel cycle.
Nonetheless, I hope that this might contain summary information (albeit a little too technical in places) that helps to get the message out: put aside the host of more familiar problems with nuclear power and it is still no answer to climate change — there simply isn’t enough uranium.
Dare I say it… comments welcome.