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“[This book contains] an interesting idea not expressed in most environmental books.... There is a distinct need to provide a side of the energy story that up to this point has not been provided. [It] should provide some lively discussion in the environmental sciences...arguments are well-weighted and convincing.”—Donald W. Humphreys, Ph.D., Professor, Environmental Engineering and Coordinator of the Program, Temple University


“I am impressed the author’s approach and analysis of energy, and in particular, nuclear energy.... The author successfully gives a complete overview on the topic of energy. This book should be read by decision makers on the political and industrial level, and most of the educated laymen will find the new approach of reevaluating the importance of nuclear power for the future well-being of mankind fascinating, instructive and often thrilling.”—Michael J. Higatsberger, Institute for Experimental Physics, University of Vienna, Austria

“Authoritative and filled with facts, it should dispel irrational fears...”—S. Fred Singer, Ph.D., President, Science and Environmental Policy Project, Fairfax, VA

“This is a story which must reach everyone if we are to avoid the disaster described.”—Clyde Dilley, Ph.D., former Professor of Mathematics, University of Toledo

About the Author

Robert C. Morris received his Ph.D. in Science Education and is a retired Chemistry teacher, Educational Consultant and former Chairman of the Science Department for Illinois High School District 88. Morris is a recipient of the American Chemical Society Award for outstanding work in chemical education, received honorable mention in the National Science Teachers Association’s program to select the U.S. science teacher of the year, and was a four-time recipient of National Science Foundation grants.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Paragon House; 1 edition (July 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557787808
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557787804
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,024,685 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Robert I. Hedges HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on December 1, 2004
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In this book Robert Morris does a generally credible job explaining the benefits of nuclear power. His book is factually accurate and informative, and particularly useful to people who have listened to extensive anti-nuclear rhetoric without attempting to hear the pro-nuclear arguments.

While I agree with most of the points Morris makes, I do have a couple of quibbles with the book. The first is endless, mind-numbing repetition. I don't know how many times he says that 50,000 people a year die in the US from carbon-based air pollution, but you can bet it's a lot. The basic point here is that while that is likely true, repeating it every other page for 200 pages or so does not help make the case: this book needs editing. The second issue I have with the book is the presence of grossly inflated, yet trivial arguments. There is no question, for instance, that coal and oil use are air polluters; that is a valid point to make in this book. Where the logic gets stretched, however, is when he claims that because of all this air pollution (that would not be present with more nuclear power) that humans probably have more fatal traffic accidents because carbon monoxide makes driver reaction times longer, seems improvable at best, and ludicrous at worst. These are the two big criticisms I have of the book.

While I believe his data on nuclear safety statistics, I do think that he overestimates nuclear safety features, and perhaps underestimates dangers. Safety engineering professionals study not only the accidents in an industry, but also the incidents that did not lead to accidents, yet could have.
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Wikman VINE VOICE on July 10, 2008
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This fact filled, convincing, and well researched book eloquently explains why we must start using Nuclear Power more extensively at the same time as it dispels many of the misunderstandings and myths surrounding Nuclear Power. Robert Morris is clearly not a fan of antinuclear activists, however, he understands the immense damage they have caused our Nation and to our children and grand children.

Nuclear Power is without any doubt the most powerful, the safest, and environmentally the cleanest viable energy source in existence. However, antinuclear activists have scared the wits out of the public for decades by disseminating deceitful propaganda, superstition and outright lies. According to Ralph Nader and other antinuclear activists nuclear plant accidents would kill many hundreds of thousands of people; they spread radiation and mutations, and leave forever deadly nuclear waste behind. All this is, of course, not just totally false but intentional lying! Unfortunately the sensation hungry media chose to believe the antinuclear activists instead of the Scientists. Until 1982, nuclear power was our cheapest source of electricity. Then the cost overruns caused by frivolous lawsuits filed by antinuclear groups made them as much as ten times more expensive. No orders has been placed for the construction of a nuclear power plant in America since 1979

Fossil fuels killed five million Americans in the twentieth century, and are estimated to kill about 50,000 Americans every year. 300,000 American former coal mine workers has died from black lung disease and 90,000 U.S. Coal miners have died in coal mining accidents since 1907. Fossil fuels are also causing global warming and acid rain, something R. Morris is discussing extensively.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Gordon L. Anderson on July 3, 2001
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Morris, a retired science teacher, weighs the risks between various sources of electrical energy production. He lost his wife to lung cancer and bemoans the dirty atmosphere which has resulted from the burning of fossil fuels. He also realizes that the production of clean energy is essential to the health of the nation.
New and safer forms of nuclear energy exist than, for example, the types of reactors used in Three Mile Island or Chernobyl. This point seems to escape the ideological critics (some of whom have written their reviews of this book based on ideology rather than a concern for an effective energy policy). Although he calls such ideologues "luddites," he makes a strong case for a balanced approach to energy because of the dangers he finds in the types of energy the "luddites' seem to support. Nuclear power has a safer track record than coal and oil, despite being in its infancy. Other countries, such as France, Japan, Sweden--and even the Ukraine--are building newer and safer nuclear power plants. Why not the US?
Anti-nuclear ideology has had such a strong influence in the US the last thirty years that it has been hard for a sane public or scientific discussion to take place. There are issues, such as nuclear waste disposal, which I don't think Morris treats adequately enough to silence the critics. However, there are also solutions to these issues.
Those who are concerned about both energy shortages and environmental pollution, and want to transcend outdated sound-bites, should read this book.
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