KIVI_NIRIA _ 3TU.Ethics Lectures Series _ Behnam

Nuclear power is increasingly attracting attention. At the same time, the controversy surrounding its desirability continues. Before reflecting on the desirability of nuclear power we first need to narrow down the focus on the different fuel cycles, as they differently influence the interest of the present and future generations. I approach the desirable option in nuclear power production from the perspective of safeguarding the interests of future generations.
We have at least two duties to posterity, i.e. to ensure their well-being and not to harm them. These duties have different scopes and they are conditional in the sense that they might be overruled by more compelling duties. By weighting these duties and relating them to the technological reality of nuclear power production, I argue that Partitioning and Transmutation (P&T) should be preferred as it substantially reduces the waste life-time. P&T is, however, a scientifically proven method that requires decades of development, with additional burdens for contemporaries. By addressing these intergenerational conflicts, I seek out for situations in which future interest should guide us in choosing a certain technology.