Brighter Tomorrow: Fulfilling the Promise of Nuclear Energy / Edition 1

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Overview

A Brighter Tomorrow takes a look at nuclear power. It argues that the United States and indeed the world must increasingly rely on nuclear power for electricity in the twenty-first century. Senator Pete V. Domenici (R-New Mexico) argues that after weighing the costs and benefits of other forms of energy production, including oil, gas, coal, and renewables such as wind, solar, and hydro, nuclear power must be a major contributor toward reducing the world's dependence on increasingly scarce and perilously political supplies of oil and gas. Domenici presents a compelling case for nuclear power's role in providing clean and safe electricity to stem the tide of global warming and environmental disaster.
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Editorial Reviews

Anne Lauvergeon
Senator Domenici's leadership on energy issues is not 'limited' to the United States. Especially in the field of nuclear energy, when Senator Domenici speaks, the world listens. His thorough grasp of all issues, his great intellect quietly and effectively applied, his ability to stay above the political fray and consider issues objectively, his personal graciousness and his integrity, have earned this U.S. Senator from New Mexico worldwide respect. That he has, over time, reached the conclusion that nuclear energy must play a great role in the future peace and welfare of our world resounds around the globe, even in unexpected quarters. That he shows the personal and political courage to champion his vision should earn the undying gratitude of the international community. Thank you, Senator.
Burton Richter
A thoughtful and enjoyable book by the Senate's leading energy expert. A Brighter Tomorrow makes a compelling case that nuclear power (along with renewables and coal) must be one of the main energy sources for the planet by the end of the century. It tells a fascinating story of how we came to where we are, including all the mistakes along the way, and why and how to move ahead. Highly recommended.
Youichi Fuji-ie
A Brighter Tomorrow manifests the passions and dream that Senator Pete Domenici has developed over the past decades concerning the role nuclear power must play in securing a sustainable energy future for the U.S. and indeed the world. The book is certain to help broaden the horizon of not only American people, but also the public in Japan, where utilization of nuclear energy is being actively promoted for peaceful purposes. I sincerely hope that this book will reach as many readers in the world as possible.
Charles M. Vest
Senator Pete Domenici, a public servant/leader of the highest caliber, has written A Brighter Tomorrow as an act of conscience. He is compelled to make the public understand that future generations of people on earth can have a good and healthy quality of life only if they have a safe, secure, clean, and affordable supply of energy. He brings together scientific fact, technological analysis, public policy reality, legislative experience, and intelligent vision to argue compellingly that nuclear energy is an indispensable element of that supply, and that we had better get on with the task of developing it. Domenici neither shies away nor pulls his punches in addressing the tough issues of waste disposal, nuclear proliferation, and regulatory policy. Anyone who feels responsibility toward future generations, or who cares about the earth's environment, must read this important book.
Senator Sam Nunn
Pete strongly believes, as he writes, 'that nuclear energy, appropriately designed to avoid proliferation concerns and to operate safely, can play a major role in energizing the rest of the world.' If you want to understand these issues—agree or not—you have to hear out this outstanding senate leader. He has mastered the details, studied the obstacles, and dedicated his career to moving them safely out of the way.
Red Deer Advocate - James W. Brosnan
Domenici builds the case for a nuclear power comeback.
CHOICE - A.M. Strauss
This thoughtful, passionately written book should be read by anyone seeking to be well informed about the broad range of energy issues that our nation now confronts. Summing Up: Highly Recommended. All levels.
Power Engineering - John Zink
Domenici is refreshingly straightforward....It is refreshing to see a U.S. Senator take the risk of such strong public advocacy for nuclear power. Domenici has cemented his position as a nuclear statesman ranking with such historical bipartisan political figures from the early days of nuclear energy as Reps Chet Holifield and Craig Hosmer.
Sunday Journal - Michael Coleman
This book is... full of important information about nuclear power, as well as some interesting history on the Republican senator's path to power.
Nuclearfuel
A staunch supporter of nuclear energy, Domenici describes his path to becoming a believer and criticizes the politicians and leaders who he says have stood in the way of progress.
Red Deer Advocate
Domenici builds the case for a nuclear power comeback.
— James W. Brosnan
Forth Worth Star
U.S. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., delivers a strong case for increased reliance on nuclear energy.
City Life
Senator Domenici takes a proactive look at enery resources and presents the case that nuclear power must be a major contributor.
CHOICE
This thoughtful, passionately written book should be read by anyone seeking to be well informed about the broad range of energy issues that our nation now confronts. Summing Up: Highly Recommended. All levels.
— A.M. Strauss
Power Engineering
Domenici is refreshingly straightforward....It is refreshing to see a U.S. Senator take the risk of such strong public advocacy for nuclear power. Domenici has cemented his position as a nuclear statesman ranking with such historical bipartisan political figures from the early days of nuclear energy as Reps Chet Holifield and Craig Hosmer.
— John Zink
Choice
This thoughtful, passionately written book should be read by anyone seeking to be well informed about the broad range of energy issues that our nation now confronts. Summing Up: Highly Recommended. All levels.
— A.M. Strauss, Vanderbilt University
Sunday Journal
This book is... full of important information about nuclear power, as well as some interesting history on the Republican senator's path to power.
— Michael Coleman
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742541894
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.74 (w) x 8.76 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

Republican Pete V. Domenici has been in the United States Senate representing the state of New Mexico since 1972, and is one of its most influential members. He has been called Congress's chief apostle for nuclear power. Dr. Julian J. Steyn is co-founder and principal of the Washington D.C. consulting firm, Energy Resources International, Inc. Blythe J. Lyons is a consultant with Energy Resources International, Inc.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
1 My vision - reinvigorating "atoms for peace" 1
2 The road to leadership 13
3 The energy highway 27
4 Nuclear power in the world today 49
5 Regulatory roadblocks to nuclear power 71
6 Uranium resource issues 83
7 Revitalizing the U.S. nuclear infrastructure and workforce 101
8 Dealing with nuclear proliferation effectively 115
9 The waste disposal conundrum 155
10 The case for nuclear power 181
11 Roadmap for the future 213
App. A "A new nuclear paradigm" 233
App. B "Atoms for peace - 50th anniversary" 241
App. C Some key nonproliferation events from the 1990s to the present 247
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