Nuclear Energy Now: Why the Time Has Come for the World's Most Misunderstood Energy Source
A timely and thought-provoking solution to the world's energy shortfall
The dramatic increases in oil and natural gas prices, the finite supply of fossil fuels, and concerns over emissions and global warming are forcing us to consider alternatives. In this measured and knowledgeable book, energy experts Alan Herbst and George Hopley argue that the time has come for the U.S. to revitalize its nuclear generation assets in order to successfully meet growing domestic electricity requirements and lessen our dependence on foreign sources of energy. Nuclear Energy Now provides an informed look at the benefits and drawbacks associated with this controversial alternative to traditional energy sources.
It opens with a brief overview of commercial nuclear development in the U.S. during the past half-century and moves on to discuss what the future may hold if new initiatives-supported by the Energy Policy Act of 2005-gain traction. Along the way, readers will find informed insights into why the need for nuclear power has become so critical and how we can safely add capacity in the coming years. Exploring all of the issues related to developing America's nuclear energy capabilities safely and cost-effectively, Nuclear Energy Now is a must-read for anyone concerned about our oil dependency, the environment, and future of the nation.
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Chapter 1 From Warheads to Washing Machines PostWorld War II Nuclear Development
Chapter 2 The Nuclear Paradigm Shift
Chapter 3 A Call to Action
Chapter 4 Nuclear Powers Growing Global Footprint
Chapter 5 No Need to Wear a Lead Suit Nuclear Safety Works
Chapter 6 Nuclear Power LowCost Portal to U S Energy Security
Appendix A US Reactors
Appendix B US Reactor Shutdown List
Appendix C Global Reactor Closings