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A MUST READ FOR EVERYONE!!!,
This review is from: Carbon-Free and Nuclear-Free: A Roadmap for U.S. Energy Policy (Paperback)
Arjun Makhijani has a way for this country to truly become energy independent. In 37 years Arjun has never had any of his work questioned; he is the top in his field. This book is quite technical in places but almost everyone will be able to understand and comprehend where he is taking this. We must do something and we must do it now - waiting 10 years for new nuclear power plants (even if all the problems of cost, waste, health and safety were to be solved) makes no sense whatsoever. Read this book then share it with your congresspeople, local people involved in energy policy, anyone that can implement this great roadmap that needs to be followed.
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Initial post: Feb 24, 2009 2:30:49 PM PST
Paul N. Mccreery says:
When I purchased Carbon-Free, Nuclear-Free I was really hoping for some new, practical ideas for energy independence. I didn't get past the introductory stuff before I became aware of what to expect. The author resorts to that old anti-nuclear ploy of "quoting" AEC Chief L. Strauss saying "...nuclear power would be too cheap to meter." Strauss never mentioned nuclear power in that speech and it is an inexcusable lie to imply that he did. Some might assume that since Adm. Strauss was head of AEC at the time the connection might be implied but, if so, was he speaking of fission or fusion power? Further, the concept of "too cheep to meter" is nothing new. Isn't that how we've paid our local phone bills for the past several years? And what's the implied relationship of nuclear power to the several other futuristic ideas presented in the same speech? A typical example of an antinuc abusing the truth and a real turn-off for any informed reader.
So far as the safe disposal of nuclear waste being unobtainable, dropping it into the deep mud four miles under the sea where tectonic plates collide is absolutely safe both radiologically and from proliferation (Re: Gwyneth Craven's "Power to Save the World," page 280 ff.) Spent fuel can be safely and cheaply reprocessed if the right process is used (compare the Savannah River Site method to the Oak Ridge process) and 95% of the fuel can be used instead of the 5% now used before it is thrown away, and the volume of waste is reduced accordingly.
Dr. Markhijani has done an excellent job of using antinuclear scare tactics, misinformation, and unrealistic daydreams to focus attention away from safest, cheapest, and most reliable source of clean energy which is currently available to sustain our economy and reduce carbon emissions. I, personally, am in favor of all the solar panels and windmills we can afford but we must take a realistic position as to how much of our electric needs these sources can supply. My rating of this book is zero stars and that is only because there are no negative (for dangerous) ratings.
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 21, 2010 9:37:11 AM PDT
R. E Westgard says:
Exactly, Paul. Molly's review offers nothing of substance and gives no indication that she has even read the book.
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