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CARVALHO, Joaquim Francisco de. The role of nuclear energy in Brazil. Estud. av. [online]. 2012, vol.26, n.74, pp. 293-308. ISSN 0103-4014. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0103-40142012000100021.
This article reviews the history and describes the experience on nuclear energy in Brazil, showing that nuclear technology applied to biomedical sciences, industry and agriculture has been largely developed in this country, from the year 1950 on. Then the paper shows that Brazil can cover its electricity consumption with only renewable energy sources, without nuclear power plants. Finally the arguments usually employed in the press, pro and against nuclear power plants are analyzed and some commercial and political aspects of the problem are commented. The sales strategy of the nuclear industry in Brazil is also commented.
Keywords : Hydro end eolic power plants versus nuclear and fossil power plants; Sales policy of the nuclear industry.