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Over the past sixty years, we've seen the successful transformation of the atom from a military weapon to a vast source of electricity that powers many of our everyday activitiesfrom surfing the Web to running a washing machine. And while nuclear energy is still viewed with some skepticism, decades of reliable output from this source have clearly illustrated its enormous potential.
Energy experts Alan Herbst and George Hopley understand the essential issues surrounding this industry, and in Nuclear Energy Now, they provide you with a balanced look at the benefits and drawbacks associated with this effective alternative to traditional energy sources, and discuss why the time has come for the United States to revitalize its nuclear generation assets.
Nuclear Energy Now opens with a brief overview of commercial nuclear development in the United States during the past half-century and moves on to discuss what the future may hold if new initiativessupported by the Energy Policy Act of 2005gain traction. Along the way, you'll discover why the need for nuclear power has become so critical and how we can safely add capacity to our national system in the coming years.
Filled with in-depth insights and practical advice, Nuclear Energy Now explores all of the issues related to developing America's nuclear energy capabilities and:
Identifies the strategic steps the U.S. government has taken to "jump start" this critical industry
Outlines the favorable economic and environmental aspects of nuclear power
Details nuclear technology's proven safety record as well as its ongoing operational upgrades
Examines nuclear power's growing global footprint and chronicles its current and past successes in Europe and the Far East
Nuclear power, with its proven track record and ability to produce tremendous amounts of energy from modest amounts of relatively inexpensive fuel, cannot be ignoredespecially in today's environment of increasing energy demand and geopolitical instability. Engaging and informative, Nuclear Energy Now clears up many of the pervasive misconceptions regarding this proven technology and provides you with an unbiased look at how nuclear energy can power our country well into the twenty-first century.
Praise for Nuclear Energy Now
"Herbst and Hopley do a brilliant job of dispelling?myths about the alleged health risks?of nuclear power. This book will be a major catalyst in rallying public support for this efficient, environmentally friendly, and safe source of energy for America."
—Dr. Elizabeth M. Whelan, President, American Council on Science and Health
"Nuclear Energy Now addresses the two most critical technical problems for the United States: improving our energy generation capacity and lowering the emissions of greenhouse gasses. The U.S. energy community needs more people like Alan Herbst and George Hopley, energy experts who, in this book, successfully explain the benefits of nuclear power generation and resolve many of the flawed assumptions that have delayed the United States in building a domestic nuclear power infrastructure."
—Robert Hotto, Chief Scientist, Chai Energy
"Alan Herbst and George Hopley have really captured the growing public mandate to build more nuclear power plants, as well as discuss the clean air benefits that they bring to help reduce our problematic CO2 emissions that are leading to global warming. This book is a must read for all Americans who care about our national security and who want to put an end to our energy dilemma and force our government to embark upon establishing an energy policy that really addresses the concerns future generations will inherit."
—David Perez, CEO and Chairman, Surge Global Energy, Inc.