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Science a la carte: And the cherry picking ... Paperback – June 2, 2016
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Creatures (including humans) living on land, in the sea, and in the air are dying because of the consequences of climate change and pollution, and it has been getting worse. You will agree that Mathijs understands and he is terribly frustrated about it all. He speaks his mind and he does not go about appeasing anyone by what he writes and surely he gets a lot of flak for it.
I was surprised how deeply he examined the USA Presidential candidates as of March 2016 when he completed his book. He did not hold back points of criticism, even of those he admires most.
In his younger days, Mathijs was a proponent of “renewable energy” but he researched the facts and became nuclear electric power proponent, and he tells you why in detail. You will find many scenarios of different energy mixes (with the math).
He researched Three Mile Island, Chernobyl and Fukushima in detail and explains what the REAL problems were and more accurately how many people died from radiation. We never got this from our major news networks.
Learn about what is going on with nuclear innovation all over the world, project by project. He covers the advanced MSRE (Molten Salt Reactor Experiment) of the 1960s that would have led to far safer and more economical nuclear reactors, and how President Nixon cut funding for it. Learn why all is not lost because the MSRE is the basis of advanced reactor designs now being developed worldwide.
Learn why countries like Germany, which are increasing “renewables” and reducing nuclear power are now producing more pollution and greenhouse gasses - and why France, which is about 70 percent nuclear, is one of most environmentally clean countries in the world.
As a starter book a novice should read The GeoPolitics of Energy:: Achieving a Just and Sustainable Energy Distribution by 2040 first. This book by Beckers would be an excellent third or fourth book to read, IMHO. For those who are already familiar with these ideas, jump right in!