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Asleep at the Geiger Counter: Nuclear Destruction fo the Planet and How to Stop It Paperback – November 1, 2002


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  • Paperback: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Blue Dolphin Publishing, Inc (November 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1577331079
  • ISBN-13: 978-1577331070
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,112,935 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Asleep at the Geiger Counter is a lively account, revealing the facts of nuclear life. -- Norman Cohen, Executive Director, Coalition for Peace and Freedom

Asleep at the Geiger Counter is an excellently researched book by an engineer, deeply concerned ... -- Dr. Helen Caldicott, Founding President, Physicians for Social Responsibility

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Sidney Goodman, P.E., M.S.M.E. Author of Asleep at the Geiger Counter Sidney Goodman is a licensed Professional Engineer, with a Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He has had 43 years experience by January, 2002, in the research and development of projects which included aerospace, commercial, industrial products, residential energy products, and consumer products. At the age of 71 in April, 2002, he still provides engineering services. After more than 30 years with Melnor Inc., he retired as their Chief Engineer and formed his own engineering product design consulting company. Immediately after retirement, he served Melnor as a consultant. Afterwards, he provided engineering services to industry, including a great deal of work on fuel cells and fuel cell systems. Some of his designs won awards or set the lead in industry. He supervised an energy laboratory which was the first of its type for the standardized testing of humidifiers. He worked on the design of a temperature control for a nuclear rocket. An ardent environmental activist, Sid was president of the Paramus Environmental Council. He served as a speaker for NJ Sane, The Union of Concerned Scientists, The Safe Energy Alternatives Alliance, The Nuclear Freeze, and the Citizens Energy Council. Some of his presentations were on radio and TV. He also served as the energy coordinator for the NJ Sierra Club and the Safe Energy Alternatives Special Interest Group of Mensa.

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6 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Nostrand on January 10, 2009
Format: Paperback
The anti-nuclear political lobby has ensured U.S. dependence on fossil fuels for over 30 years now. The truly ironic feature of this is that fossil fuel fired thermal plants actually release far more radio-nuclides per kilowatt hour than do nuclear plants. Further, the hysteria about long half-life isotopes completely misses the point. Long half-life isotopes are relatively stable. This means that they are relatively safe from a radioactivity standpoint. The real problem with certain radio isotopes such as plutonium is chemical toxicity and other chemical properties and not their radiological properties. For example, plutonium will kill you as a heavy metal poison long before you will develop cancer or any of the other things that anti-nuclear people teach you to worry about. That said, plutonium containment is well developed at this point. Many college and university physics laboratories own plutonium based neutron sources used for educational purposes.

Regardless, spent isotope vitrification, plutonium recycling, &c were successfully developed way back in the 1950's and 1960's. In short closed cycle breeder reactor nuclear technology is quite safe. And, it is definitely more environmentally friendly than using "spent uranium" in the manufacture of artillery shells.
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5 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Martin Jensen MD on May 16, 2004
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This sharp dissection and exposé of the nuclear industry informs of dangers we will not hear about from our news media. It also provides environmentally sound, attainable solutions to the crisis. All Americans should read this to understand the dark side of nuclear power, in order to better protect our environment and future. I could not "put the book down" once I started.
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