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From Nuclear Energy Insight, June 2007: In light of the crucial energy issues facing all Inations, nuclear physicistJeff Eerkens decided the world needed a wakeup call, and he delivers one in his new book, "The Nuclear Imperative: A Critical Look at the Approaching Energy Crisis.

From Nuclear Energy Insight, June 2007: In light of the crucial energy issues facing all Inations, nuclear physicistJeff Eerkens decided the world needed a wakeup call, and he delivers one in his new book, "The Nuclear Imperative: A Critical Look at the Approaching Energy Crisis.

The most important decisions that society will ever make will be made in the next 20 years

The most important decisions that society will ever make will be made in the next 20 years.

The Nuclear Imperative A Critical Look at the Approaching Energy Crisis Topics in Safety, Reliabilit.

The Nuclear Imperative demonstrates with scientific documentation that solar, wind, and biomass power, while helpful, are incapable of supplying and sustaining the enormous quantities of electricity and heat needed for manufacturing portable synthetic fuels (synfuels) to replace our current use of fossil fuels. Instead, it offers a fresh look at uranium-produced energy as the optimal affordable solution.

The Nuclear Imperative demonstrates that solar, wind, and biomass power are incapable of supplying the enormous quantities of electricity and heat needed for manufacturing . Topics in Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality.

The Nuclear Imperative demonstrates that solar, wind, and biomass power are incapable of supplying the enormous quantities of electricity and heat needed for manufacturing portable synthetic fuels to replace our current use of fossil fuels. It offers a fresh look at uranium-produced energy as the optimal affordable solution.

In this well documented global wake-up call, nuclear physicist Jeff Eerkens explores remedies for the impending energy crisis, when oil and natural gas are depleted. Topics in Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality, 11. Subjects: Engineering. Because burning coal worsens the problem ofglobal warming, alternate energy sources must be instituted.

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The Nuclear Imperative: A Critical Look at the Approaching Energy Crisis (Topics in Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality) by: Jeff W. Eerkens. America's Achilles' Heel: Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Terrorism and Covert Attack (BCSIA Studies in International Security) by: Richard A. Falkenrath, Robert D. Newman, Bradley A. Thayer. International Seminar On Nuclear War And Planetary Emergencies 31st Session: "E. Majorana" Center For Scientific Culture-Erice, Italy, 7-12 May 2004:.

Jeff W. Eerkens, American Nuclear scientist, laser engineer, educator. Achievements include 11 patents in fields of molecular laser isotope separation, laser design, neutrino communication system, nuclear pumped lasers and grasers, fuel cells. Recipient Best New Product award Lasers and Applications, 1985. Member American Nuclear Society, Optical Society American, International Isotope Society, American Chemical Society.

Description this book In this global wake-up call, nuclear physicist Jeff Eerkens explores remedies for the impending energy crisis, when oil and natural gas are depleted

Description this book In this global wake-up call, nuclear physicist Jeff Eerkens explores remedies for the impending energy crisis, when oil and natural gas are depleted. The Nuclear Imperative demonstrates that solar, wind, and biomass power are incapable of supplying the enormous quantities of electricity and heat needed for manufacturing portable synthetic fuels to replace our current use of fossil fuels. It offers a fresh look at uranium-produced energy as the optimal affordable solution

  • Looking head-on at oil depletion combined with soaring coal use, and the inevitable economic need for advanced nuclear energy, Dr. Eerkens provides a technological-literary masterpiece. One of the special qualities of "The Nuclear Imperative" is the combination of readable, accessible material, ample graphs and charts, along with a debate-worthy writing style. Instead of just advocating for a certain reform or new energy program and leaving others to work out the details as some do, Dr. Eerkens actually shows a methodical pathway, and all its major elements, to reach the goal of sustainable energy security. The chapters are each knowledge-rich, and while they logically follow each other, the nuclear energy savvy reader can also use chapters of this book practically as a "concise encyclopedia."

    The "Imperative" part of this book title also bears attention. There are economic, moral, and political imperatives and forces driving the "Nuclear Imperative." Yet, like a moral imperative, there is choice involved for leaders, parliaments, and societies. Dr. Eerkens urges readers and their elected officials to make a choice, to work with existing wealth from oil while Western and free societies are still economically strong.

    As for the saying "great minds think alike," the Nobel Laureate physics Prof. Robert Laughlin reaches nearly identical conclusions -- about nuclear energy and oil depletion -- in his book "Powering the Future." One key difference is that Prof. Laughlin thinks it is highly likely for the free market and private industry to build-out a significant nuclear energy system, but I interpret Dr. Eerkens as calling mainly for government planning and international cooperation, along with a role for the free market. Since Dr. Eerkens sees the long planning and construction times for nuclear energy, he aims for nuclear energy to rise to a majority power source as oil depletion reaches its steepest phase. Prof. Laughlin suggests the nuclear build-out will happen after high oil and coal prices become permanent, since he believes that consumers and industries will insist on the lowest price per kilowatt hour.

    Dr. Eerkens raises the very real concern (which is raised in almost exactly the same way by James Lovelock in The Vanishing Face of Gaia), that nuclear energy power stations are so expensive and of such long-range value that planning and construction is urgently needed, so by the time society desperately needs affordable clean baseload power, it will be here already. From a future society's viewpoint around 2030, it would be just in time.

  • The most important decisions that society will ever make will be made in the next 20 years. How do we replace the burning of fossil fuels that has been the main driver for civilization's enormous progress of the last century? This no nonsense book examines all of the foreseeable energy resources that will be available and with impeccable logic, facts, good old common sense and detailed engineering analysis Eerkens peals away the myths and half truths that special interest groups hawk to push their own agendas. It is clear that we must heed Eerkens warning, it is imperative that we act responsibly to protect the future for our children.