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Recommended Books on Renewable Energy: Nuclear

Atomic AwakeningAtomic Awakening: A New Look at the History and Future of Nuclear Power
James Mahaffey

For the curious and open-minded, this book offers a timely look at nuclear technology that, the author argues, could provide plenty of cheap, renewable energy, if only we can get past our oversized dread of it. With a wealth of anecdotes, Mahaffey, a senior research scientist at the Georgia Tech Research Institute, offers hope leavened with pragmatism that, while nuclear technology may be experimental forever, it can still be useful and safe. 2010, Pegasus

Kicking the Carbon HabitKicking the Carbon Habit: Global Warming And the Case for Renewable And Nuclear Energy
William Sweet

Science journalist Sweet says the villan of catastrophic climate change is coal, whose sooty carbon emissions make it the single worst energy source. Citing the generally safe record of nuclear energy, he proposes that wind generation and nuclear plants be the chosen methods for powering America's future. 2006, Columbia University Press

Nuclear Energy in the 21st CenturyNuclear Energy in the 21st Century: World Nuclear University Primer
Ian Hore-Lacy

The latest edition of the World Nuclear University Primer on Nuclear Energy in the 21st Century is an authoritative resource for educators, students, policy-makers and interested lay-people alike. With balanced and accessible text, it provides an introduction to nuclear science for the non-specialist; a valuable account of many aspects of nuclear technology, including industry applications; and helpful answers to public concerns about nuclear power including safety, proliferation, and waste. 2010, World Nuclear University Press

Nuclear Energy NowNuclear Energy Now: Why the Time Has Come for the World's Most Misunderstood Energy Source
Alan M. Herbst and George W. Hopley

The dramatic increases in oil and natural gas prices, the finite supply of fossil fuels, and concerns over emissions and global warming are forcing us to consider alternatives. In this measured and knowledgeable book, energy experts Alan Herbst and George Hopley argue that the time has come for the U.S. to revitalize its nuclear generation assets in order to successfully meet growing domestic electricity requirements and lessen our dependence on foreign sources of energy. Nuclear Energy Now provides an informed look at the benefits and drawbacks associated with this controversial alternative to traditional energy sources. 2007, Wiley

Power to Save the World
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Power to Save the World: The Truth About Nuclear Energy
Gwyneth Cravens and Richard Rhodes

Gwyneth Cravens used to oppose nuclear power. As she has witnessed the catastrophic consequences of accelerated global temperature increase, she decided to take a fresh look at nuclear energy. This book is her report. She found that nuclear power is the only large-scale, environmentally-benign, time-tested technology currently available to provide clean electricity. In addition she learned that nuclear power is cleaner, safer, and more environmentally friendly than any other form of large-scale electricity production. She encourages a broad approach to reducing emissions, but sees that fundamentally nuclear power is the only large-scale, non-greenhouse-gas emitting electricity source that can be considerably expanded while maintaining only a small environmental footprint. 2008, Vintage

Terrestrial EnergyTerrestrial Energy: How Nuclear Energy Will Lead the Green Revolution and End America's Energy Odyssey
William Tucker

Terrestrial Energy is an important book about nuclear energy. It efficiently disposes of the half-truths, misinformation, urban legends and outright fabrications about energy and energy policy that have held the public stage for a generation, helping the reader to make sense of America s energy predicament without the burdens of political pressures or predetermined outcomes. 2008, Bartleby Press

Whole Earth Discipline
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Whole Earth Discipline: Why Dense Cities, Nuclear Power, Transgenic Crops, Restored Wildlands, and Geoengineering Are Necessary
Stewart Brand

Stewart Brand, co-author of the seminal 1969 Whole Earth Catalog, reflects on lessons learned from more than 40 years as an environmentalist in Whole Earth Discipline, a compelling attempt to inspire practicable solutions to climate change. He exhorts environmentalists to become fearless about following science; his iconoclastic proposals include transitioning to nuclear energy and ecosystem engineering. Brand's fresh perspective, approachable writing style and manifest wisdom ultimately convince the reader that the future is not an abyss to be feared but an opportunity for innovative problem solvers to embrace enthusiastically. 2010, Penguin

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