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Interesting, but... (1)

LeadSongDog (1120683) | about 7 months ago | (#44821081)

the review title misleads. The book's core concept is far from falsified by the errors of detail which the review quite correctly faults. The central idea of the book is that fission reactors are the only available technology class with serious potential to stop global warming.

The review characterizes fission reactors as dangerous and expensive. If we accepted rational risk levels we would only require them to (on average) kill fewer people per GW than the coal plants they replace. Instead we irrationally demand for them to be orders of magnitude safer, and then complain when they cost too much as a consequence. That is a failure of communications, of politics and of public policy, not one of engineering.

The books advocacy of U238 -> Pu239 fast breeder reactors is of course a non-starter, but other reactions can achieve the same energy goals without the same weapons proliferation risk. A fairer-minded review would have focussed on the existence of better options. Perhaps the review should have been titled "A flawed fix..." instead.
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