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Nuclear Energy Now: Why the Time Has Come for the World's Most Misunderstood Energy Source [Hardcover]

Alan M. Herbst , George W. Hopley

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March 23 2007
A timely and thought-provoking solution to the world's energy shortfall

The dramatic increases in oil and natural gas prices, the finite supply of fossil fuels, and concerns over emissions and global warming are forcing us to consider alternatives. In this measured and knowledgeable book, energy experts Alan Herbst and George Hopley argue that the time has come for the U.S. to revitalize its nuclear generation assets in order to successfully meet growing domestic electricity requirements and lessen our dependence on foreign sources of energy. Nuclear Energy Now provides an informed look at the benefits and drawbacks associated with this controversial alternative to traditional energy sources.

It opens with a brief overview of commercial nuclear development in the U.S. during the past half-century and moves on to discuss what the future may hold if new initiatives-supported by the Energy Policy Act of 2005-gain traction. Along the way, readers will find informed insights into why the need for nuclear power has become so critical and how we can safely add capacity in the coming years. Exploring all of the issues related to developing America's nuclear energy capabilities safely and cost-effectively, Nuclear Energy Now is a must-read for anyone concerned about our oil dependency, the environment, and future of the nation.


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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 activities—from 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 initiatives—supported by the Energy Policy Act of 2005—gain 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 ignored—especially 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.

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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.


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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Damming with faint praise Nov. 20 2007
By S. Duval - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book purports to support nuclear power and then doesn't make much of a case for it. I am sorry that I wasted my money on this book.

Try Power to Save the World: The Truth About Nuclear Energy by Gwyneth Craven who is a 30 year green activist and makes a fact based argument for nuclear. She puts forward all the standard arguments against nuclear and shows how they don't hold up. She spent 8 years researching her book with another environmentalist who works at the Sandia National Laboratory.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Safe and secure nuclear power for replacing fossil fuels July 21 2008
By Klaus H. Hemsath - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
"Nuclear Energy Now" is an excellent book about the present status of nuclear power. Its starting point is the realization that increasing amounts of carbon dioxide emissions are causing global warming and climate change. Combustion of fossil fuels is producing this chemically very stable and optically active gas. There seems to be only one effective way to stop its accumulation in the atmosphere; we must stop all fossil fuel combustion!
The industrial revolution of the last two centuries has made many nations and its citizens very prosperous. The ready availability of huge amounts of inexpensive energy facilitated this burst of industrial activity. World economies have become utterly dependent on the unlimited supply of electricity, heating gases, and transportation fuels.
"Nuclear Energy Now" shows that it is possible to build nuclear plants that can in due time replace all fossil fuel fired electric power plants. Nuclear energy cannot only replace fossil fuels in this energy sector. Nuclear fuel costs and nuclear plant costs are low enough to produce electricity at very competitive prices.
However, nuclear power has a major image problem. The public does not understand the technology, is deadly afraid of nuclear radiation, does not believe that nuclear reactors are safe, and fears that the proliferation of nuclear power across the world will create security problems.
The authors try to dispel these concerns. They make the point that the US has an outstanding safety record and that not a single person has ever been killed in an accident. They also point to France, which is producing close to 80% of its electricity from nuclear fuels. They ascertain that nuclear power plants do not emit greenhouse gases or radioactive substances and are safe.
Nuclear energy is the only viable option for replacing fossil fuels for electric power generation. Solar power, wind power, and other renewable energies can only replace a fraction of the electric power, which we need to keep our economies healthy.
Replacing petroleum for powering the world's transportation systems may be an even more challenging problem than electricity generation and is even more critical for the functioning of the world's economies.
The two authors, Alan M. Herbst and George W. Hopley have written an outstanding text that spells out the unique promises and the continuing problems of nuclear power.
In the end, the reader is left with a choice. Are the safety measures and security provisions described by the authors acceptable or are they still found wanting.
We need alternate ways to produce electric power urgently. Renewable energies cannot contribute enough power soon enough. Nuclear power seems our only hope. One question keeps lingering; can more be done to eliminate remaining safety and security concerns?
10 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars no bad, nevertheless..... May 19 2007
By DANIEL B. E. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
If you are only interested in economic, this book is your book.

However,if you want to learn something about Nuclear Energy and you are no an enginer "A CASE FOR NUCLEAR-GENERATED ELECTRICITY ... or why I think nuclear power is cool and why it is important that you think so too", written by Scott W. Heaberlin is your book.

"THE REVENGE OF GAIA" written by James Lovelock is your book if you are the kind of guy who enjoys learning and who is worried about environmental isuues.

Have a look in internet ....EFN - Environmentalists For Nuclear Energy.

Bye and thanks. I afraid of my English is a bit sad. See you.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Time Has Come for Nuclear Energy April 1 2008
By Carl Valeri - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Scientists and economists are working diligently to determine ways of producing sufficient electrical energy to supply our increasing demands. Electrical energy must be produced both economically and with the least environmental impact.

Awareness concerning the increased production of Carbon Dioxide by electrical generation facilities has spurred new interest in energy sources other than fossil fuels. Carbon Dioxide, an odorless colorless gas is an important part of the carbon cycle which consists of the production and consumption of Carbon Dioxide in our earth. The balance of Carbon Dioxide in our atmosphere has increased in part due to our expanding consumption of electrical energy.

The production of electrical energy in the United States is largely dependent on the burning fossil fuels. The burning of fossil fuel such as coal, oil, and gas increase the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, thus negatively impacting the carbon balance in our atmosphere.The increased output is a concern of the citizens in the United States and World, but what can we do to help? Nuclear Energy Now, by Alan Herbst and George Hopley describes how we can solve both our increased need for energy while reducing carbon dioxide emissions.

The authors of Nuclear Energy Now give a compelling explanation as to "why the time has come for the world's most misunderstood energy source". I find their solutions easy to understand with a wealth of information to support their thesis.

Nuclear Energy now is a ready reference of information concerning the nuclear energy industry and world energy usage. Persons wanting detail information regarding the benefits of increased nuclear energy production will find a modicum of information. Those wanting to survey the major points with minimal detail, will find their summaries both compelling and logical.

If you are like me and want to receive detailed information concerning the use of Nuclear Energy and the benefits to our environment and economy, this book will serve you well. If you are researching only one aspect of this large and complex issue, you will also find Nuclear Energy Now a necessary reference.
6 of 24 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Is this a satire? Nov. 3 2007
By Harold Marcuse - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
As someone who has studied the pros and cons of nuclear energy for over 30 years, I am always interested to see what reasons people muster for supporting what I have come to see as "Jurassic technology" (doomed to extinction because of inherent insupportability). This book reads like a satire. For example, the authors list the huge cost overruns in nuclear plant construction, and note that nuclear "overnight" KWh costs are almost 4 times those of natural gas and double coal's. For them, those turn into reasons why we *should* pursue nuclear electricity. They say that if we ignore the environmental legislation that gave nukes a "clean image" (note: "image"--even the authors understand that the reality is not clean), they would be price-competitive. And their safety record--since the last big accident--is exemplary!
Their clinching argument (p. 185): "Simply stated, if new reactor technology is good enough for Tanzania, Portugal and Mexico, it should be good enough for further expansion in the United States." Why sure, if those global leaders in developing new technologies (as the authors note, Tanzania can't even afford to construct a nuke), renowned for their stringent environmental laws and oversight, are thinking about building new nukes, why shouldn't the US?
I have to believe the authors wrote this with tongue firmly in cheek.
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