A Bright Future: How some countries have solved climate change and how others can follow, by Joshua S. Goldstein and Staffan A. Qvist
[Review by John Bowlus, published in the Energy Reporters]
Nuclear power may be the world’s most contentious energy source. Some believe it is the only answer to our climate dilemma because it can rapidly replace coal and natural gas in the power sector and decarbonize the global energy system. Others believe its costs are too high and its heyday has passed.
The new book by Joshua S. Goldstein and Staffan A. Qvist, A Bright Future: How Some Countries Have Solved Climate Change and the Rest Can Follow (New York: PublicAffairs, 2019) falls clearly in the first camp. It argues unequivocally that nuclear is the only source that can decarbonize the planet and replace the two primary polluters, coal and gas, in providing consistent, reliable power.
The book’s cardinal strength is that it prescribes a concrete solution to climate change. And it does this through fast-paced and lively prose, relatable examples, helpful graphs and illustrations, and an ample dose of passion. A Bright Future is nothing less than a timely and much welcomed addition to the debate on our planet’s future. Nuclear champions will find all they could hope for and more. For those wary of it or outright opposed, the book will prompt a rethink, especially in light of fourth-generation nuclear. Fourth-generation uses a closed fuel cycle and a liquid fuel rather than traditional fuel rods, making it safer and more efficient.
[Finish reading John Bowlus’ review at the Energy Reporters here.]