The Nuclear Imperative [electronic resource] : A Critical Look at the Approaching Energy Crisis / by Jeff W. Eerkens.Material type: TextLanguage: English Series: Topics in Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality: 11Publisher: Dordrecht : Springer Netherlands, 2006Description: XVII, 160 p. online resourceContent type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9781402049316Subject(s): Engineering | Science -- Study and teaching | Nuclear physics | System safety | Environmental management | Economics | Engineering | Power Engineering | Science Education | Nuclear Physics, Heavy Ions, Hadrons | Environmental Management | Economics general | Quality Control, Reliability, Safety and RiskAdditional physical formats: Printed edition:: No titleDDC classification: 621.042 LOC classification: TK1001-1841Online resources: Click here to access online
Nuclear Facts and Fables -- Energy Consumption and Energy Sources on Planet Earth -- Technologies for Propelling Cars, Trucks, Trains, Ships and Aircraft -- Electric Power Generation Technology -- Safety Considerations in Nuclear Operations -- Measures and Means to Control the Global Use of Nuclear Weapons -- Conclusions, Action Items, and Predictions.
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. Because burning coal worsens the problem ofglobal warming, alternate energy sources must be instituted. 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. Long misunderstood and irrationally feared because of antiquated beliefs by the general public, modern nuclear power generation is safer, cleaner, and essential for solving the future energy shortfall. Using a detailed, scientific approach to dispel common myths, The Nuclear Imperative shows that uranium fission power is available for 1,500 years as a prime energy source to provide all the world’s energy needs. Because it takes ten to twenty years to design, test, and build new synfuel-producing reactors and new engines powered by new synfuels, action must be taken soon to prevent a catastrophy thirty years from now when oil runs out.