Why We Need Nuclear Power: The Environmental Case

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9780199344574: Why We Need Nuclear Power: The Environmental Case

"Energy experts throughout the world are attempting to understand how we transition from an energy paradigm largely fueled by fossil fuels to a carbon-constrained world necessitated by ongoing climate change. Michael Fox makes the case for how nuclear energy fits into that carbon-constrained future. For energy decision-makers and planners, and for nuclear power advocates and opponents alike, Fox's thorough take on nuclear power's place in the 21st Century is an important and worthwhile read." -- Bill Ritter, Jr., Former Governor of Colorado and Director of the Center for the New EnergyEconomy, Colorado State University"Dr. Michael H. Fox has written a clear, accurate, and sensible book about nuclear power and the role it plays in reducing global warming. Using science-based data, he demonstrates how nuclear energy is actually a far cleaner and safer way to power our planet's civilization, and explains what radiation is and how it works. I hope that Why We Need Nuclear Power becomes the handbook for all reporters who cover nuclear matters, as well as a useful guide for anyone concerned about the world our children will inherit." -- Gwyneth Cravens, Senior Fellow, The Breakthrough Institute"This is a timely analysis of the pros and cons of nuclear power, by a renowned professor who has spent much of his life engaged in radiation research. Professor Fox seeks to educate his readers to appreciate that, despite the fear that radiation elicits in the public, the price tag for nuclear power is less than the alternative." -- Eric Hall, Higgins Professor Emeritus, Columbia University"Professor Michael Fox has produced a 'must-read' for our time. He presents a detailed, cogent analysis of the remarkable environmental benefits of using nuclear technology for electricity generation, while debunking common nuclear myths along the way. Finally, we have an objective, credible treatment of nuclear power, founded on current scientific knowledge. The concepts in this book could revolutionize global energy strategy and leave a healthier planet for our grandchildren." -- Ward Whicker, Department of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences, Colorado State University"Fox's forceful case for more nuclear power sensibly addresses the dangers, health issues, fuel supply, waste disposal, and potential costs involved; this book deserves to find an audience not only in North America but also in Europe and Japan." --Foreign Affairs

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The issue of nuclear power has become a polarizing one, especially in light of the increasing need for sustainable energy sources, and events like the 2011 nuclear disaster in Japan. The public has been largely wary and even fearful of a reliance on nuclear power, pointing to the reactor meltdown in Chernobyl or the Three-Mile Island accident as evidence that nuclear power is an unfeasible and dangerous source of energy. However, with these fears come misconceptions about the science behind nuclear power, and many arguments made against it lack the scientific grounding needed to contribute to the debate. At the same time, clean-energy sources like wind and solar have failed to prove that they can be used on a large enough scale to be relied upon.
In Why We Need Nuclear Power: The Environmental Case, experienced radiation biologist Michael H. Fox replaces the misconceptions about nuclear power with real science, and argues that it may be the best source of energy both for large-scale use and slowing the effects of global warming. Fox relies on thirty-five years of experience studying the biological effects of radiation to explore the issues surrounding nuclear power, addressing which of the public's concerns on the issue are valid, and which are unsupported by science. He shows that nuclear power has crucial strategic importance in reducing the large amounts of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere by burning fossil fuels. This is the first book to lay out clearly what we know about the biological effects of radiation, and what science we use to know it. Why We Need Nuclear Power is a critical resource for anyone looking to understand the facts of the nuclear power issue, and what role nuclear power could play in reducing the environmental impact of the world's energy consumption.

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