A Bright Future starts with a bang. “Few books can credibly claim to offer a way to save the world, but this one does,” psychologist Steven Pinker writes in his foreword. That is a bold assertion, but by the time I had finished reading the book, I was half-convinced he was right. The threat from which the world needs to be saved here is catastrophic climate change, and the solution propounded is a huge expansion of nuclear power. Authors Joshua Goldstein and Staffan Qvist argue that only a massive investment in new reactors can simultaneously allow both the reductions in greenhouse gas emissions that are needed to limit global warming, and the increased access to energy required to raise living standards in lower-income countries. The book is a punchy polemic that spends its first four chapters making the case for nuclear; another five knocking down alternatives and any objections; and a conclusion setting out how to make the vision a reality. It is unfortunate, but probably unavoid...

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