Reviews
Michael H. Fox
Why We Need Nuclear Power
The Environmental Case
Bill Ritter, Jr.
Former Governor of Colorado
Director of the Center for the New Energy Economy
Colorado State University

Energy experts throughout the world are attempting to
understand how we transition from an energy paradigm
largely fueled by fossil fuels to a carbon-constrained world
necessitated by ongoing climate change. Michael Fox
makes the case for how nuclear energy fits into that
carbon-constrained future. For energy decision-makers and
planners, and for nuclear power advocates and opponents
alike, Fox's thorough take on nuclear power's place in the
21st Century is an important and worthwhile read.
Gwyneth Cravens
Senior Fellow
The Breakthrough Institute

Dr. Michael H. Fox has written a clear, accurate, and
sensible book about nuclear power and the role it plays in
reducing global warming. Using science-based data, he
demonstrates how nuclear energy is actually a far cleaner
and safer way to power our planet's civilization, and explains
what radiation is and how it works. I hope that Why We
Need Nuclear Power becomes the handbook for all
reporters who cover nuclear matters, as well as a useful
guide for anyone concerned about the world our children
will inherit.
Eric Hall
Higgins Professor Emeritus
Columbia University

This is a timely analysis of the pros and cons of nuclear
power, by a renowned professor who has spent much of his
life engaged in radiation research. Professor Fox seeks to
educate his readers to appreciate that, despite the fear that
radiation elicits in the public, the price tag for nuclear power
is less than the alternative.
Ward Whicker
Emeritus Professor
Department of Environmental and Radiological
Health Sciences, Colorado State University

Professor Michael Fox has produced a 'must-read' for our
time. He presents a detailed, cogent analysis of the
remarkable environmental benefits of using nuclear
technology for electricity generation, while debunking
common nuclear myths along the way. Finally, we have an
objective, credible treatment of nuclear power, founded on
current scientific knowledge. The concepts in this book
could revolutionize global energy strategy and leave a
healthier planet for our grandchildren
Richard N. Cooper
Foreign Affairs November/December 2014
Fox might seem an unlikely advocate for nuclear power: he
is a biologist who studies the effects of radiation on living
things. But he also takes the threat of climate change
seriously and believes that the world must reduce its
dependence on coal, in part by building many more nuclear
power plants. Nuclear energy, he argues, can provide
plentiful electric power at a reasonable cost in a way that
most renewable sources of energy cannot. The book’s
discussions of complex scientific issues, including a useful
explanation of the influence of radiation on human health,
should be accessible to anyone who recalls high school
physics. Fox’s forceful case for more nuclear power
sensibly addresses the dangers, health issues, fuel supply,
waste disposal, and potential costs involved; this book
deserves to find an audience not only in North America but
also in Europe and Japan.