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Beyond Fossil Fools: The Roadmap to Energy Independence by 2040

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If the U.S. solves only its own energy problem, but the world does not, then everyone still loses. Pollution knows no borders and a sinking ship takes down everyone on board. That is why all countries must do what they can to affect a global transition to all-renewable, clean energy by 2040. That means a coordinated global effort with global scope. That means leadership ...more
Paperback, 385 pages
Published June 1st 2008 by Beaver's Pond Press
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Jan 15, 2011 Anthony rated it did not like it
Your life is short. And precious. If for no other reason, you should spend it reading books that are valuable. Not with books that are poorly written, sloppily conceived, or just plain wrong, even if the author sends you a free copy. "Beyond Fossil Fuels" manages to be all three. Despite Shuster's 50 years of chemical engineering experience and business acumen, this book is an absolute failure. It is simply the extension of his own poorly researched, incoherent ideology of nuclear first, ...more
May 17, 2016 Zora rated it did not like it
If it weren't for the whining 40 pages about Al Gore, I would've given this two stars. But the author comes off as a petulant child: "Why can't I have a Nobel prize?" Is never stated, but that's what I read.

His solution: breeder reactors, which are really really safe! (Ahem) "Chernobyl could never happen here." I agree with him in that nuclear power is the only solution. But we are going to have to live with Chernobyl type accidents. Fukushima exclusion zones will dot the earth like chicken pox
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Sep 17, 2009 Karen Hannah rated it really liked it
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No nonsense look at energy issues. Author discounts the global warming dialog as UNimportant: crisis is end of oil. His convincingly posed solution is NUCLEAR. His credentials are solid, research seems grounded.

I recommend this one as a look at the pros and cons of nuclear energy. Author makes some very solid points: safety is not as much a problem as we think, processes for dealing with spent fuel are developing and no time to wait for other alternatives.

Jul 24, 2009 Randal.ellsworth rated it really liked it
Made me realize that Global Warming, is a just a symptom for the more immediate problem of our dependence on fossil fuels. Also made me think about Nuclear Power with a bit less bias, despite my being an environmentalist and living in a state that might have to manage the fallout.
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