This book is an example of what happens when a Journalist decides to go to battle with scientists in a politicized arena of the press, and yellow press.
With this book and his other efforts Taubes helped destroy the career of Dr. Bockris (RIP), an esteemed Texas electrochemist, who had early, unexpected Tritium results from his LENR replication study. Now many labs including several national labs (Los Alamos, US Navy SPAWARS, China Lake) have replicated tritium production and destruction from energized metal hydrides.
Due in great part to the hysteria Taubes' created, Dr. Stanley Pons and Dr. Martin Fleishmann were denied serious academic review of their work.
See [...] for a compilation of evidence showing Taubes' self serving fabrications.
Now that we know how serious climate change is getting, the loss of 24 years head start getting clean safe nuclear power going really bites. Gary Taubes has a lot to answer for.