As a long-time concerned conservationist, I've always been leery of Nuclear power, however, Mr. Tucker's book makes a strong case for a solar-nuclear alliance. Safety is of course a major concern, and Tucker details past failures and the positive results achieved by the U.S. Navy's atomic submarines, aircraft carriers, and France. The fact that France's nuclear program provides 80 % of their electricity at the lowest rates in Europe; stores the high-level nuclear waste from 30 years in one room in La Hague, and exports power to Denmark and Germany, will hopefully get some of those head-in-the-sand start thinking positively about working with nuclear.
Another startler in Tucker's book is the revelation that after the end of the Cold War, two American Senators - a democrat, Sam Nunn, and a republican, Pete Domenici, made a deal with the Russian government to purchase enriched uramium from their disassembled weapons and recycle it through American power plants. Since 20% of our electricity comes from nuclear, and half of our fuel comes from recycled missiles, one in every ten light bulbs in America is now lit thanks to a former Soviet weapon!
The chapter on the creation of the atomic bomb reads like a Le Carre thriller.
Tucker painstaking explores the advantages and disadvantages of biofuels, hydro, wind, and geothermal. The book is clear, concise, credible and well written.