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Jun 1990
The Nuclear Energy Option
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Plenum Pr
338 pp
The Nuclear Energy Option
by Bernard L. Cohen
One of the most comprehensive treatments that I have come across, confronting all the myths and superstitions about nuclear energy with facts, figures, and studies showing it to be overwhelmingly the safest, cleanest, and most economical energy source available. Be prepared for such eye-openers as learning why a nuclear meltdown would need to happen every week in the United States for nuclear to be as dangerous as coal-burning already is now; one of the major benefits of nuclear power is the ease of managing and containing the waste compared to other alternatives, including solar; generating all U.S. electricity by nuclear plants would impose the same risk to life expectancy as a regular smoker having one extra cigarette in 15 years, on overweight person increasing by less than a fifth of an ounce, or raising the speed limit by half a mile per hour. Dr. Cohen is a professor of physics and radiation health at the University of Pittsburgh.
"[T]he best book which has yet been written on this subject. . . . I have learned a great deal reading this book--anyoe who wishes to know about nuclear power should read it."
     -- Hans A. Bethe, Nobel Laureate, Professor of Physics, Cornell University

"[A] masterpiece of clear expression . . . Technically sound, it is also understandable without special training or experience in nuclear science."
     -- Dixy Lee Ray, Chairman U.S. Atomic Energy Commission 1972-75, Governor of Washington State, 1977-81

"[Cohen] has created clarity out of confusion, an even more remarkable feat when one considers the extent of the confusion."
     -- Edward Teller, Director Emeritus of the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory, Senior Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution

"[A]n important message, very useful to those who are concerned with educating the public to deal rationally with the available options."
     -- Rosalyn S. Yalow, Nobel Laureate, Senior Medical Investigator, Veterans Administration Medical Center

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