Seeing the Light: The Case for Nuclear Power in the 21st Century

Seeing the Light: The Case for Nuclear Power in the 21st Century

Seeing the Light: The Case for Nuclear Power in the 21st Century

Seeing the Light: The Case for Nuclear Power in the 21st Century


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Nuclear power is not an option for the future but an absolute necessity. Global threats of climate change and lethal air pollution, killing millions each year, make it clear that nuclear and renewable energy must work together, as non-carbon sources of energy. Fortunately, a new era of growth in this energy source is underway in developing nations, though not yet in the West. Seeing the Light is the first book to clarify these realities and discuss their implications for coming decades. Readers will learn how, why, and where the new nuclear era is happening, what new technologies are involved, and what this means for preventing the proliferation of weapons. This book is the best work available for becoming fully informed about this key subject, for students, the general public, and anyone interested in the future of energy production, and, thus, the future of humanity on planet Earth.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781108406673
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 09/14/2017
Pages: 385
Product dimensions: 5.94(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.83(d)

About the Author

Scott L. Montgomery is a geoscientist, professor, and author who has published twelve books and many articles, essays, and papers, both in the sciences and humanities. His most recent title, The Shape of the New (2015), with Daniel Chirot, was selected by The New York Times as one of the 100 Best Books of 2015. In addition to teaching at the University of Washington, Seattle, he has lectured widely in North America and Europe, and is often interviewed for his expertise on energy-related topics. An earlier work, The Powers that Be: Global Energy for the Twenty-first Century and Beyond (2010) has been widely used as a text in energy courses and translated into a number of foreign languages.

Thomas Graham, Jr is Executive Chairman of the Lightbridge Corporation, Virginia which develops new types of nuclear power fuel. He also does extensive part-time teaching at major universities, presently including Stanford University, California and Oregon State University. He lectures worldwide and appears before Congressional Committees. Since 2009, he has been a member of the International Advisory Board for the United Arab Emirates' peaceful nuclear power program. Internationally known as a leading authority on international arms control and non-proliferation, he served as a senior US diplomat in every major international arms control and non-proliferation negotiation in which the US took part from 1970–1997.

Table of Contents

Preface; Introduction; 1. Why nuclear and why now?; 2. How it began: weapons and their legacy; 3. What is nuclear energy? Some helpful background; 4. Nuclear energy for public power: history and limits; 5. Radiation: a guide for the perplexed; 6. Chernobyl and Fukushima: the meaning and legacy of accidents; 7. Godzilla's children: origins of nuclear anxiety; 8. Why not nuclear: points and counterpoints; 9. Global energy and nuclear power: the next 30 years; 10. The new context: climate change realities; 11. Launching a new nuclear power state: the United Arab Emirates; 12. Non-proliferation: preventing the spread of weapons; 13. Conclusion: is nuclear power essential?; Index.
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