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Power to save the World: The Truth about Nuclear Energyby Gwyneth Cravens
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An informed look at the myths and fears surrounding nuclear energy, and a practical, politically realistic solution to global warming and our energy needs. Faced by the world's oil shortages and curious about alternative energy sources, Gwyneth Cravens skeptically sets out to find the truth about nuclear energy. Her conclusion: it is a totally viable and practical solution to global warming. In the end, we see that if we are to care for subsequent generations, embracing nuclear energy is an ethical imperative.
A thought-provoking, critical analysis of nuclear energy takes a close-up look at the facts, fears, and myths about this energy resource, offering a detailed assessment of its risks and benefits while refuting familiar arguments against nuclear power and calling for its sensible exploitation as a safe energy source and a solution to the problem of global warming. Reprint. 17,500 first printing.
Gwyneth Cravens has written about science and public health for The New York Times, Harper's, and The Washington Post. She was an editor at The New Yorker and at Harper's, and has published three novels: The Black Death, Heart's Desire, and Love and Work. This is her first work of nonfiction.
Table of Contents
Introduction : Gwyneth's pilgrimage / Richard Rhodes — Pt. 1. Origins. Survival — Always look at the whole — Ambrosia Lake — pt. 2. The invisible storm. Mother Nature and Fencepost Man — Undark — Into the strange city — pt. 3. The hidden world. Risk and consequence — Going to extremes — Tiny beads — pt. 4. The kingdom of electricity. Man's smudge — From arrowheads to atoms — Barriers — Unobtainium — pt. 5. Closing the circle. Ten thousand years — The huge factory — 32N164W — Those who say it can't be done — The gigantic crystal — pt. 6. Borrowing from our children. The iron chamber — "Water them anyway" — The power within.
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