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This 30 page mini-book is an exceptionally readable and straightforward contribution to the debate about our energy future. It helps promote understanding of the huge potential of nuclear power to supply clean, reliable, abundant electricity in a low carbon world.
Lynas helps to break several of the taboos surrounding the industry including waste and in particular radiation, discussing reality and the public's misunderstanding of the concept, attacking persistent scaremongering from the media and green activists.
Lynas's accounts of the three major nuclear station accidents - Three Mile Island, Chernobyl and in particular Fukushima are excellent. He outlines the causation and consequences of the accident in detailed but understandable fashion (for someone with no prior understanding of how a power station functions).
Although I am slightly skeptical about some of the optimistic figures the author outlines in his conclusion for the worlds nuclear power potential - to steal a phrase from the book "let's dare to dream a little".
Although slightly put off by the authors extravagant climate change scenarios his case for nuclear power is rather compelling.
He explains issues surrounding waste, radiation and discusses in detail the cause and effects of the accidents at Fukuhisma, Chernobyl and Three Mile Island. Whilst not downplaying them, he argues that the impacts of these tragic events are not as bad as certainly I had initially thought.
The author is clearly extremely passionate about nuclear and while it is important to take material such as this with a pinch of salt - the argument is extremely convincing and this is well worth a read.
In the late 1970's, there was a great inquiry and debate whether Britain should get rid of nuclear power altogether, argued mostly by the Eco's, middle class intellectuals and ex-hippy types routing for wind power and renewables. The Nuclear industry in Britain went into a 40 year decline.
Global warming was on the side lines then. Now that it has become centre stage and people have realised that nuclear power, despite it's limitations, has a zero Carbon footprint. There are arguments to "Go- Nuclear" again by, I suspect, the same sort of people who argued against it in the 70's! ( i.e. Eco's, middle class intellectuals and ex-hippy types).
The difference is now, Britain will have to buy the Nuclear power stations from the Chinese, and worse, the French. Also, we will have to pay a much enhanced guaranteed price for each Kilowatt produced by these power stations for the next 30 years.
The book is laid out very well and introduces topics before elaborating and finishing with some brilliant conclusions. At only 98 pages of actual book I finished it in two days and then also watched the film 'Pandora's Promise' - which this book follows very closely - because it is mentioned in the book.
If you are going to read this book you need to do so with an open mind and a desire to understand the energy crisis and environmental costs of all of our energy production decisions. You really will get a lot from it and I think it is a must read for most of the public, we're in a nuclear renaissance and I for one would love to see us keep it up and build more new build plants. The more advanced we make our plants, the safer they will be!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have a problem with journalists. I would be more comfortable if Mark Lynus had a degree in physics or science rather than history and politics, all he can do is plagiarize on... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Ian
Largely a primer for further reading but some interesting statistics included.Published 15 months ago by Fleckers25
Mark Lynas has put into words what most level headed people already believed but don't have the facility to make those beliefs known.Published 15 months ago by Christopher Canning
Brief but insightful, overall, an excellent read. It brings home the almost apocalyptic future in store for us all. The book is accessible to kids. Read morePublished 15 months ago by E. O'Sullivan
A considered and informed look at the carbon question and nuclear power as means of tackling rising CO2 emissions for the next 20+ years.Published 16 months ago by Michael Tyrer
Mark makes a good point as to how our future energy needs have become misaligned with the rush to build renewables. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Mysteron