AUTHORWills, John
TITLEConservation Fallout: Nuclear Protest at Diablo Canyon
PUBLISHERUniversity of Nevada Press

This book recounts the struggle that began in the late 1960s over the construction of the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant in California, documenting how the controversy shifted political, social, and environmental landscapes. Organized chronologically in six chapters, the book begins with a brief history of the region itself, then recounts the Diablo Canyon project and the protests that were a part of it. The author notes how the controversy formed a pivotal point with respect to environmental perspectives. Particular attention is given to the Sierra Club’s internal divisions over the issue, arising mainly from contradictory views on the value of nuclear power. Two other lesser known environmental organizations also played a role, and the author examines their involvement to shed light on how the Diablo controversy affected the social and political roles of protest organizations. The book considers how what happened at Diablo shows the power of atomic imagery over corporations and environmental organizations, illustrates the disconnect between man and nature that is characteristic of the nuclear age, and exemplifies the changing face of the environmental movement forced by the growing U.S. focus on energy production. An extensive bibliography accompanies the book.

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