I have been watching the climate debate for ten years now. Many of the leaders of the environmental movement, Al Gore, and 350.org have been looking for a solution to climate collapse. After trying very hard to subsidize wind, solar, and geothermal power each of these half-way efforts has come up short (i.e. they do not provide affordable baseload (24/7) carbon-free power). Now it's time for "The Answer" by Reese Palley. After this intriguing study and exploration of the workings of a stable climate and a viable biosphere, it is now clear that nuclear energy is overwhelmingly *green*, *affordable*, and *reliable*, and suitable for the continents of the world.
This book provides the reader with an accessible study of the range of problems leading to climate disruption. The problems are in fact enormous, so only our most powerful and advanced technology can take them on, directly, and overcome them. If we are going to end coal burning, we need its equal -- in cost, reliablity, abundance of fuel, and so on. Ultimately, the new kind of inherently safe, mini nuclear power plants can be produced in the quality and number that will replace the coal burning infrastruture with thousands of SMRs, small modular reactors (if the human element-- strong and lasting public support arises ).
The world simply cannot withstand the prospect of burning all the world's coal reserves. The line has to be drawn somewhere -- yet the replacement must equal coal in cost and reliability. That is the crux of a problem that may start to overwhelm civilization sometime in the 21st century.
After a decade-long discussion about sustainable green energy the time for contemplation has expired, due its sheer length and the oncoming climate disruption. While we need to identify a range of solutions (ranging from ending coal use, preserving the rainforests and temperate forests, and a plant-based diet), the single best approach is the "The Answer" by Reese Palley, namely "Inherently Safe, Mini Nuclear Power Plants."
I encourage all environmental groups and citizens to read this book and strive for coordination between government, industry, and the United Nations to develop this vital energy source.
Charles M., Scituate, Mass., USA