Goldstein and Qvist’s main proposal is to clean up the electric power sector through a rapid major buildout of nuclear power plants, and then electrify everything possible. Such a buildout has historical precedents, and the authors assert that the experience of jurisdictions such as Sweden, France and Ontario demonstrates that it is possible. The book’s unapologetically pronuclear stance might persuade political centrists and open-minded people that more nuclear power is in our future. It won’t convince hardened antinuke ideologues, but then again, nothing will. Among the topics covered are the radically different policy approaches taken by two wealthy European countries, Sweden and Germany, in dealing with CO2 emissions; increasing political pressure for 100 per cent renewables to meet the real-life growing demand for global energy; and the implications of the increasing replacement of coal by natural gas in the power sector. An important section deals with the widespread irrational fears of nuclear power. The book concludes with suggestions for how the world’s electricity sector can decarbonize at the fastest rate.
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