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A Bright Future

How Some Countries Have Solved Climate Change and the Rest Can Follow

Joshua S. Goldstein Staffan A. Qvist

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PublicAffairs,U.S.
08 January 2020
International environmental law; Global warming
As climate change begins to take a serious toll on the planet--with much more damage yet to come--a solution to our warming problems is hiding in plain sight. We need to commit to de-carbonizing our economy, and do so immediately, but so far we have lacked the courage to really try. Our fears of nuclear energy have grown irrationally large, even as our fears of climate change are irrationally small. In this clear-sighted and compelling book, Joshua Goldstein and Steffan Qvist come bearing good news: a real solution, one that is fast, cheap, and provably works. Based on Sweden's success cutting their carbon emissions in half, Goldstein and Qvist argue for a policy that combines nuclear and renewable energy sources. From 1970-1990, Sweden replaced coal power plants with nuclear ones, and slowly integrated renewable energy alongside it. During that same time period, the country generated more electricity than ever and its economy grew by 50 percent. They have had no nuclear accidents, nor has any of their uranium been stolen by terrorists. Separating facts from doomsday scenarios, Goldstein and Qvist force a real and meaningful dialogue about what the best energy policy is, and the dangers of remaining on our present path. And they offer an answer that really could work--if only we'd give it a try.
By:   Joshua S. Goldstein
Introduction by:   Staffan A. Qvist
Imprint:   PublicAffairs,U.S.
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 208mm,  Width: 136mm,  Spine: 24mm
Weight:   250g
ISBN:   9781541724112
ISBN 10:   1541724119
Pages:   288
Publication Date:   08 January 2020
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Primary ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Joshua S. Goldstein is an International Relations professor who writes about the big issues facing humanity. He is the author of six books about war, peace, diplomacy, and economic history, and a bestselling college textbook, International Relations. Among other awards, his book War and Gender (2001) won the International Studies Association's Book of the Decade Award in 2010. Goldstein has a B.A. from Stanford and a Ph.D. from M.I.T. He is professor emeritus at American University in Washington, DC, and research scholar at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he lives. See www.joshuagoldstein.com. Staffan A. Qvist is a Swedish engineer, scientist and consultant to clean energy projects around the world. He has lectured and authored numerous studies in the scientific literature on various topics relating to energy technology and policy, nuclear reactor design and safety, and climate change mitigation strategies - research that has been covered by Scientific American and many other media outlets. Trained as a nuclear engineer (Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley), he is now involved in renewable energy development projects and also works with several fourth generation nuclear start-ups. For more information, see www.staffanqvist.com.

Reviews for A Bright Future: How Some Countries Have Solved Climate Change and the Rest Can Follow

The most important book about climate change since An Inconvenient Truth.--from the foreword by Steven Pinker Goldstein and Qvist offer food for thought, making this a viable resource in the arsenal of arguments for and against the best methods of staving off a global energy crisis. --Booklist A rational if somewhat unlikely strategy to reverse global warming using current technology and without self-denial... The authors argue for nuclear power, and the facts are certainly on their side....A reasonable argument directed at a lay audience. --Kirkus Reviews A Bright Future comes along at a critical time for our planet. Its key message: the climate is changing, the consequences are serious, and we can and must take action. --George P. Shultz A Bright Future starts with a bang. 'Few books can credibly claim to offer a way to save the world, but this one does, ' the psychologist Steven Pinker writes in his foreword. That is a bold assertion, but by the time I had finished the book, I was half-convinced he was right. --Ed Crooks, Financial Times A Bright Future lays out the only viable path that has been proposed for rapid global decarbonization. --James Hansen, climate scientist, Columbia University A Bright Future addresses the fears that people have around nuclear as an energy source and illuminates a path to making it a more significant part of our energy portfolio. It is a must-read for anyone who wants to preserve the planet for our children and grandchildren. --Christine Todd Whitman, former head of the EPA


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