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"Energy experts throughout the world are attempting to understand how we transition from an energy paradigm largely fueled by fossil fuels to a carbon-constrained world necessitated by ongoing climate change. Michael Fox makes the case for how nuclear energy fits into that carbon-constrained future. For energy decision-makers and planners, and for nuclear power advocates and opponents alike, Fox's thorough take on nuclear power's place in the 21st Century is an important and worthwhile read." -- Bill Ritter, Jr., Former Governor of Colorado and Director of the Center for the New Energy Economy, Colorado State University

"Dr. Michael H. Fox has written a clear, accurate, and sensible book about nuclear power and the role it plays in reducing global warming. Using science-based data, he demonstrates how nuclear energy is actually a far cleaner and safer way to power our planet's civilization, and explains what radiation is and how it works. I hope that Why We Need Nuclear Power becomes the handbook for all reporters who cover nuclear matters, as well as a useful guide for anyone concerned about the world our children will inherit." -- Gwyneth Cravens, Senior Fellow, The Breakthrough Institute

"This is a timely analysis of the pros and cons of nuclear power, by a renowned professor who has spent much of his life engaged in radiation research. Professor Fox seeks to educate his readers to appreciate that, despite the fear that radiation elicits in the public, the price tag for nuclear power is less than the alternative." -- Eric Hall, Higgins Professor Emeritus, Columbia University

"Professor Michael Fox has produced a 'must-read' for our time. He presents a detailed, cogent analysis of the remarkable environmental benefits of using nuclear technology for electricity generation, while debunking common nuclear myths along the way. Finally, we have an objective, credible treatment of nuclear power, founded on current scientific knowledge. The concepts in this book could revolutionize global energy strategy and leave a healthier planet for our grandchildren." -- Ward Whicker, Department of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences, Colorado State University

"Fox's forceful case for more nuclear power sensibly addresses the dangers, health issues, fuel supply, waste disposal, and potential costs involved; this book deserves to find an audience not only in North America but also in Europe and Japan." --Foreign Affairs

"[T]his is a very well conceived and well written book. Overall, the book is a good read for a health physics audience and achieves its goal of making the environmental case for nuclear power." --Health Physics


Nuclear power may just be the most important solution to our search for clean, sustainable energy sources. Although wind and solar can contribute to our energy mix, we need a reliable source to meet large-scale energy demands and break our dependence on fossil fuels. However, most people are wary, if not downright afraid, of nuclear power. Given nuclear disasters such as Chernobyl and Fukushima, it's not difficult to see why. In the wake of these events, fear has clouded the public's understanding of the facts. It's time to clear up those misconceptions and examine the science behind nuclear power, in order to determine what role it could and should play in our future.

In Why We Need Power: The Environmental Case, radiation biologist Michael H. Fox argues that nuclear power is essential to slowing down the impact of global warming. He examines the issue from every angle, relying on thirty-five years of research spent studying the biological effects of radiation. Fox begins with the problem, carefully laying out how our current energy uses and projections for the future will affect greenhouse gases and global warming. The book then evaluates each major energy source and demonstrates the limits of renewable energy sources, concluding that nuclear power is the best solution to our environmental crisis. Fox then delves into nuclear power, looking at the effects of radiation, the potential for nuclear accidents, and the best methods to dispose of nuclear waste. By systematically analyzing each aspect of the nuclear issue, Fox clarifies which concerns have a scientific basis and which remain unsupported. His in-depth exploration of the facts persuasively demonstrates that nuclear power is critical to reducing the effects of energy production on the global climate.

Written in an engaging and accessible style, Why We Need Nuclear Power is an invaluable resource for both general readers and scientists interested in the facts behind nuclear energy.


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Great Read, Seems that the Nuclear roadblocks are mainly political ones. A fantastic book for anyone who wants an quick summary of the science behind global warming and Nuclear energy. He also provides an in depth look at what we know about the Health effects of Nuclear energy and the major accidents of the last century. Highly recommended read!
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I think this book is critically important to our times where perhaps the greatest challenge facing us is global climate change. While initially not supportive of nuclear power for fear of environmental and safety repercussions, Dr. Fox has convinced me through detailed research and explanation that replacing coal with nuclear power is perhaps the most environmentally friendly and safe choice we could be making right now.

I am (as is the author) highly supportive of alternative power in applications and environments that are ideally suited for each specific source, however, for the large part of electrical power in our country is coming from coal, the ramifications of which are too serious to continue. This is an issue we cannot continue to refuse to look at due to our own fear and misinformation. Future generations need us to act now.

But what about the risk of nuclear accidents? What about Fukushima? What about storage of nuclear fuel? Just how many square miles of solar or wind fields would be necessary to replace one nuclear power plant? How many people die every year in the coal industry? How many people died in Fukushima from the Tsumani very likely caused by climate change? How do levels of radiation encountered in Fukushima and Chernonbyl compare to CT scans? A flight across the US? Background radiation levels in Colorado? Read the book...
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HASH(0x9e6ffabc) von 5 Sternen A Comprehensive and Compelling Argument for Nuclear Power 17. Mai 2014
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This is a highly informative, clearly written, and thorough examination of all aspects of nuclear power. If you are a doubter (as I have been), here's an opportunity to answer just about every doubt you have. Even if the answers--which I find compelling--fail to convince you, you can't complain about a lack of substance.

For example, roughly 2,000 words are devoted to the Fukushima accident alone, with details such as exactly how many Fukushima plant workers got what specific doses of radiation, and what were the immediate effects, what was found in the follow-up in 2013, and expected effects in the future.

The Fukushima piece was part of a chapter entitled "About Those Accidents", dealing with Fukushima, Three Mile Island, and Chernobyl. That chapter is, in turn, one of four chapters in "Part Three: The Risks of Nuclear Power". The author, Emeritus Professor in the Department of Radiological Health Sciences at Colorado State University, with 35 years experience as a radiation biologist, is not one to treat nuclear power risks lightly.

The completeness of Fox's understanding of radiation and biology is evidenced in the 68 pages of "Part Two: Radiation and Its Biological Effects", containing (1) a history of the discovery, exploration, and uses of radioactivity; (2) a short, elementary course in the relevant aspects of nuclear physics; (3) a detailed description of the effect of radiation on cells, to include the different types of damage to DNA and the mechanics of DNA self-repair mechanisms; (4) natural background radiation (some surprises here!), and (5) the radiation exposures we get from medical diagnostics and treatments which often save or improve lives, while subjecting us, on average, to many times the radiation dose we would ever get from living near a nuclear power plant.

I'm summarizing some of the contents of the book to give you an idea of just how thoroughly the author treats each issue--thoroughly, often humorously, and, just as often, passionately. It is plain that Michael Fox is as concerned about the environmental havoc wrought by fossil fuel burning as any Green who has taken an ill-informed, never-nuclear stance.

As for ill-informed Greens, Fox's "Part One: Global Warming and Energy Production" sheds some cold hard light on the wishful thinking that renewables can significantly replace fossil fuels in the 21st Century energy economy. They can't. It's no denying they are good--the author himself has solar panels on an off-the-grid vacation home--but the problems of intermittency, footprint, and transmission, raise technological hurdles that will not be overcome in time to save this planet from probable climate catastrophe.

Don't believe me? Read this excellent book. Also I recommend Gwyneth Cravens's similarly excellent *Power to Save the World: the Truth About Nuclear Energy*. (Cravens, like myself, was a doubter, and several years of copious research allayed her fears.)

Oh, and one more neat thing: if you've ever wondered what it would be like to visit a nuclear fuel recycling facility in France, you can get a peek into one when the author takes a tour of the La Hague recycling plant in Normandy. In one passage, the author relates walking around a room where, safely stored under his feet, is the total waste generated by 58 reactors--yes, he lived to tell the tale! :-)
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I think this book is one of the most even-handed and fair appraisals of coal vs. nuclear and solar/wind vs. nuclear energy. I had some fairly good expectation of what the author would say, having seen "Pandora's Promise" and read several pro-nuclear energy books, hearing Stewart Brand's presentation, etc. However, what makes this book special is how and in what detail the author presented the case.

Point by point, just about any way you look at coal vs. nuclear, the facts keep leading one to the pro-nuclear energy position. While solar and wind can supplement power sources for the grid, they do not form the foundation of the power grid (baseload power generating stations). The author goes further into future uranium and and thorium sources, advanced reactors, and ends the book with an eloquent call for action. Yes, nuclear power stations are costly but so is a 3 to 6 foot sea level rise in the next one hundred years.
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HASH(0x9edbf8b8) von 5 Sternen The Best Available Explanation and Defense of Nuclear Power Available 16. März 2015
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In the decade or so that I worked in nuclear power, I never found a comprehensive apologetic for nuclear power that was published in the marketplace. All of the arguments were available piecemeal or in a more unified manner from people inside the nuclear power guild, but none from someone who didn’t have a clearly vested interest in keeping nuclear plants running.

Michael H. Fox is an emeritus professor in the Department of Environmental and Radiological and Health Sciences at Colorado State University. Here is an individual who is outside of the commercial and nuclear power world who has access to the best science about the most concerning aspects of the risk of nuclear––radiation and cancer.

Fox’s conclusion is that compared to imminent risk of climate changes, the risks of nuclear power are worth it. He spends nearly three hundred pages making his case by considering the basic arguments for and against nuclear power, as well as the case for and against other forms of non-fossil energy.

The beauty of this volume is that it is written at a level that can serve as an introduction, but it also ramps quickly into the explanations for the more technologically adept. With the clear structure of each chapter, I was able to skim past those explanations that I am familiar with based on my experience as an operator and instructor. By the end of each chapter, however, the progressive development of each explanation had me reading carefully to follow his explanations. Even regarding the topics that I am less familiar with––such as the mechanism of cancer development in cells––Fox’s explanations were sufficient for me to understand the more complex aspects based on his earlier explanations.

This volume is, therefore, both a suitable introduction and a valuable reference on the topic of nuclear power.

Note: I received a gratis copy of this volume from the publisher with no expectation of a positive review. An extended review was posted at Ethics and Culture.
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HASH(0x9f32efd8) von 5 Sternen A Rational, Scientific Discussion of the Need for Nuclear Power 22. Februar 2016
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This book is a comprehensive review of the reasons we need clean, carbon-free nuclear power to replace fossil fuels for base-load electricity generation. He points out that although wind and solar need to be part of the low-carbon energy mix, they cannot fully replace fossil fuels because of their intermittency. Based on his years of experience as a researcher studying the health effects of radiation, he effectively dispels the myths that have been promoted by anti-nuclear activists about the dangers to the public of nuclear power. His thorough discussions of the Three Mile Island, Chernobyl and Fukushima accidents show that these accidents were not inherent to nuclear power, but were caused by human error and, in the case of Fukushima, an extraordinary earthquake and the resulting tsunami. Furthermore, his analysis shows that the health effects on the public of these accidents were far less than claimed by anti-nuclear activists. Overall, he presents a rational, science-based argument in favor of nuclear power for generating the clean energy we need to counteract the effects on the global climate of anthropogenic greenhouse gases.
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