• Power to Save the World: The Truth About Nuclear Energy

  • By: Gwyneth Cravens
  • Narrated by: Christine Williams
  • Length: 16 hrs and 34 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (197 ratings)

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Power to Save the World: The Truth About Nuclear Energy

By: Gwyneth Cravens
Narrated by: Christine Williams
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With the constant threat of oil shortages facing us and wanting to educate herself about possible alternatives, Gwyneth Cravens skeptically sets out to find for herself the truth about nuclear energy. Her conclusion: It is a totally viable and practical solution to global warming. She enlists the help of Rip Anderson, a leading scientist in the field of risk assessment, and with his tutelage, she travels the country, visiting uranium mines, enrichment centers, reactors, and waste sites.

Along the way we learn a lot of science, review the history of nuclear energy, relive the battles over it, see how successfully it has been applied all over the world, examine the misconceptions, and compare nuclear power to other energy sources, with their risks and benefits. Cravens is not out to deliver a polemic, however. Coming from a childhood spent building fallout shelters, Cravens viscerally understands the terror the word "nuclear" evokes. She gives us a vocabulary for practical risk assessment while investigating the psychology of nuclear fears, starting with the secrecy of the Manhattan Project and the legacy of government cover-ups both here and in the USSR. One by one, she dismantles the arguments against nuclear energy.

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Debunking Nuclear Superstition

This is a perfect book for Audible readers. I bet there is a large portion of Audible members who read because they love learning more than they love being entertained. This book is both an expose on nuclear energy and also a story of personal discovery from the author. Gwyneth openly admits to beginning her research from a deep-seeded anti-nuclear point of view. The more she learned about her topic, the more she learned that she was wrong. Gasp! Nuclear energy is GOOD.

I wish there were more books like this one because they are about enlightenment; they are about solving problems with truth instead of superstitious beliefs. Education can defeat fear.

In this book the author explores nuclear energy, the alternatives to nuclear energy, and then realizes the importance of coming face to face with our fears of it. We can’t see radiation. The word itself evokes mushroom clouds, Chernobyl, and mutated animals. There is something psychological about why we fear nuclear energy, but this book wants us to look under the bed to see there is no boogey man. The upside is nothing less than a serious replacement to fossil fuel consumption and our dangerous dependence on foreign oil. Before we can embrace nuclear energy, we first must understand it.

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Learn the truth about nuclear

The information about nuclear is amazing. The author began her journey as a skeptic and afraid of it. Once she decided to research it, she took tours and spoke with experts and changed her mind to full support of the energy source. The only knock I have is her position on climate change. She would fall into the alarmist category imho. That over bias lends to the work being dragged down a bit. It wasn’t even needed anyway. Nuclear is cleaner and greener than any other energy source. I think most rational folks would agree that this is ideal and once you factor in that it’s also the cheapest and requires less space than any other energy source, it makes it a no brainer.

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nuclear energy explained for skeptics

this book explains the truth about nuclear energy vs common misconceptions of the vast majority

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Rare Find

Very few books come together so fluently. Incredibly informative and helpful for those who want to learn more about nuclear power. I'd definitely recommend this book for anyone.

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How politics and lies, ruin clean energy.

I enjoyed this book in an infuriating way. The data is there, and when 1000’s of people die each year from coal fired power that is mentioned as a foot note. Yet nuclear power is not the monster that it’s made out to be. We are waiting time hand ringing about our climate, and the push for more solar and wind all the while ignoring the fact of the toxic mess that solar panel mfg create, the tragically short life of those panel, saying nothing about the even worse toxic mess of battery production. Three mile island and Chernobyl are held up as the cautionary tale of near biblical disasters but the true is it’s so much less than most believe. Nuclear is clean energy, lessons learned make it even safer today. We get more radiation from just living on this planet than the workers at a nuclear power plant.

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Brilliant!

A qo default a d fact filled truth expedition Into nuclear energy ans why we need it.

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Excellent book, very informative and well written

The book explains the nuclear power industry in terms that make sense and are easy to understand. It answers a lot of questions and get the info from actual expert scientists in the field.

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Fantastic background on nuclear energy

Good background on the history of nuclear energy and debunking all the myths associated with making a bomb out of spent fuel, radiation exposure and availability of fuel. As far as it’s current relevancy, would like to have seen an update based on the past decade (book made in 2012, it’s now 2023) in light of the Fukushima events and modern geopolitics. Still, this is a great book for anyone looking to get educated on nuclear power.

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Must Read

We must use nuclear power. Please read this book. It will change your mind and give you reasons to change other minds in favor of nuclear power.

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Still very relevant

Even though this book is now working on being two decades old, the content is still very relevant. It appears we still have not heeded the words of Mrs. Cravens or Rip.

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