A Critical Theory Analysis of Nuclear Power: The Implications of Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station

Harden, Ronald A.; Reader, Mark; Scott, Myron L.; Moulton, Gerald L.; Goodman, Alan
May 1989
Humanity & Society;May89, Vol. 13 Issue 2, p165
Academic Journal
The purpose of this study is to explain the development of Palo Verde Nuclear Station, how it came to be located in the Sonoran Desert near Phoenix, and how it is both typical and atypical of the us, nuclear industry as a whole. Included in the controversy is a description of Arizona civic culture and the plant, a critical theory analysis of the dominating role of local and national elites which encouraged and sustained the building of the plant, impacts on democratic values and the environment, and prospects for a democratic future. Given our humanistic perspective, that social science ought to be employed for the sake of social reform, we think that intellectuals everywhere might want to consider a critical theory interpretation of the building of Americas largest nuclear reactor complex.


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