Journalist William Tucker discusses America's need to switch to alternative energies. He explains why hydroelectric, wind, and solar are either impractical or insufficient, and why the only real solution is nuclear. He praises it for being clean, efficient, powerful, and, surprisingly enough, safe.
William Tucker is a veteran journalist. Educated at Amherst College, his work has appeared in Harperâ€™s, the Atlantic Monthly, the American Spectator, the Weekly Standard, National Review, Reason, the New Republic, Reader's Digest, the Wall Street Journal, and many other publications. His articles have won the John Hancock Award, the Gerald Loeb Award, the Amos Tuck Award, and he was a finalist for the National Magazine Award. His books include Progress and Privilege: America in the Age of Environmentalism; Vigilante: The Backlash Against Crime in America; and The Excluded American: Homelessness and Housing Policies, which won the Mencken Award. His forthcoming book is entitled Terrestrial Energy: How a Nuclear-Solar Alliance Can Rescue the Planet.
Journalist William Tucker explains that what people typically refer to as "renewable energy" (hydroelectric, wind, and solar) are actually all different ways of harnessing the sun's energy. He argues that while they are in fact clean, the sun's energy is quite diffuse, and thus difficult to harness.
William Tucker debunks popular myths about the dangers of nuclear power. He argues that power plants are extremely safe, and even if there is a meltdown, the dangers of radiation exposure are less than people think.