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Friday, January 14, 2005

Will the Future of Electricity be Nuclear?

Science writer Peter Huber and physicist Mark Mills have written a provocative book titled The Bottomless Well: The Twilight Of Fuel, The Virtue Of Waste, And Why We Will Never Run Out Of Energy. The book's controversial premise: The only energy source that can meet America's future needs is nuclear power.

Huber and Mills state that each American continually uses about 1,400 watts of electricity on average. The move toward hybrid cars and other electricity-drive transportation will put additional stress on the electric grid. Huber and Mills argue that there are political and practical reasons to move away from fossil fuels, while other alternative energy methods such as solar and wind power cannot generate enough energy to meet our needs.

The only other energy source available, they conclude, is nuclear, which they claim is cleaner, safer and more economical than it's given credit for being. Since nuclear reactors themselves are relatively small, they can be easily shielded for greater safety and protection from sabotage.

Sources: FuturePundit, City Journal