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A bright future : how some countries have solved climate change and the rest can follow

by Goldstein, Joshua S., 1952-

Format: Print Book 2019.
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Summary

As climate change begins to take a serious toll on the planet--with much more damage yet to come--a solution to our warming problems is hiding in plain sight. We need to commit to de-carbonizing our economy, and do so immediately, but so far we have lacked the courage to really try.

Our fears of nuclear energy have grown irrationally large, even as our fears of climate change are irrationally small.

In this clear-sighted and compelling book, Joshua Goldstein and Steffan Qvist come bearing good news: a real solution, one that is fast, cheap, and provably works. Based on Sweden's success cutting their carbon emissions in half, Goldstein and Qvist argue for a policy that combines nuclear and renewable energy sources. From 1970-1990, Sweden replaced coal power plants with nuclear ones, and slowly integrated renewable energy alongside it. During that same time period, the country generated more electricity than ever and its economy grew by 50 percent. They have had no nuclear accidents, nor has any of their uranium been stolen by terrorists.

Separating facts from doomsday scenarios, Goldstein and Qvist force a real and meaningful dialogue about what the best energy policy is, and the dangers of remaining on our present path. And they offer an answer that really could work--if only we'd give it a try.

Contents
Decarbonization: Climate won't wait ; What Sweden did ; What Germany did
Half measures: More energy, not less ; 100 percent renewables? ; Methane is still fossil
Facing fears: Safest energy ever ; Risks and fears ; Handling waste ; Preventing proliferation
The way forward: Keep what we've got ; Next-generation technology ; China, Russia, India ; Pricing carbon pollution ; Act globally.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "In the never-ending quest for a cheap, reliable source of clean energy, nuclear power is routinely dismissed out of hand. Too dangerous, too scary, too risky. But in the face of increasingly overwhelming indications that climate change is accelerating to the point of no return, nuclear power's benefits versus its risks must be considered as seriously as any other method of energy production. Goldstein, a professor of international relations, and Qvist, a Swedish energy engineer and consultant, present their arguments for including nuclear power in a comprehensive examination of low-carbon energy programs around the world. Comparing and contrasting nuclear power to coal, methane (fracking), hydropower, wind, and solar, they address common fears concerning industrial accidents, long-term storage, and health risks while deftly analyzing nuclear power's efficiency and economic advantages. Although their discourse borders on the polemic, Goldstein and Qvist offer food for thought, making this a viable resource in the arsenal of arguments for and against the best methods of staving off a global energy crisis.--Carol Haggas Copyright 2018 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Climate change mitigation.
Climatic changes.
Global warming.
Renewable energy sources.
Sustainability.
Publisher New York :2019.
Edition First edition.
Contributors Qvist, Staffan A., author.
Language English
Description x, 276 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 229-264) and index.
ISBN 9781541724105
1541724100
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