Energy for Future Presidents: The Science Behind the Headlines by Richard A. MullerThe near-meltdown of Fukushima, the upheavals in the Middle East, the BP oil rig explosion, and the looming reality of global warming have reminded the president and all U.S. citizens that nothing has more impact on our lives than the supply of and demand for energy. Its procurement dominates our economy and foreign policy more than any other factor. But the “energy question” is more confusing, contentious, and complicated than ever before. We need to know if nuclear power will ever really be safe. We need to know if solar and wind power will ever really be viable. And we desperately need to know if the natural gas deposits in Pennsylvania are a windfall of historic proportions or a false hope that will create more problems than solutions. Richard A. Muller provides all the answers in this must-read guide to our energy priorities now and in the coming years.
Physics for Future Presidents: The Science Behind the ...
Muller, , , W. Are biochemical weapons likely to be developed by terrorists? Are there viable alternatives to fossil fuels that should be nurtured and supported by the government? Shouldnuclear power be encouraged? Can global warming be stopped? Inone semester, the goal of.
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Jump to navigation. Muller, a physicist, considers the future of energy use in terms of elementary physics what is technically possible and elementary economics how much it will cost. He frames his highly readable book as a series of explanatory memoranda to a hypothetical U.
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It attempts to explain many physics concepts to the educated layperson, with specific applications to current issues like terrorism, energy, and climate change. The book explains physics concepts and shows statistics as they relate to terrorism, energy, nuclear weapons, space and global warming. Muller believes that gasoline is one of the best weapons for a terrorist due to its availability and high energy density. Physics for Future Presidents is interspersed with policy recommendations, such as that future presidents should not worry about terrorists building nuclear weapons and instead focus on stopping them from flying planes. It criticizes those who distort the facts, especially with regards to climate change.