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A Book Review: Power Hungry by Robert Bruce

Grayson_Lynn_COLORBy E. Lynn Grayson


Recently published, this book takes a critical look at whether or not "green" forms of energy can really work for this country. Mr. Bruce takes aim at those promoting greener energy by disclosing the environmental costs of such "green" energy and disclosing that reliance on such forms of energy are impossible long term. Armed with energy-related facts and figures as well as some basic math and physics skills, he examines the U.S. energy needs and concludes for a host of reasons that wind and solar options cannot reliably provide what is needed. He methodically details how the U.S. can lead a global transition to a cleaner, lower-carbon future by embracing the fuels of the future, a future that he summarizes as N2N: natural gas to nuclear. According to Mr. Bruce, N2N are fuels of the future because they have high power density, are relatively low in cost and can provide enormous quantities of energy we need. In addition, the same produce lower carbon dioxide emissions than oil or gas. His theory of N2N is to use natural gas now and in the near term as we transition to nuclear power over the long term.

In recounting the U.S. energy history and use, he notes that this country has built a $14 trillion dollar per year economy based upon hydrocarbons: coal, oil and natural gas. He asserts that Americans cannot—and will not—quit using carbon-based fuels for one simple reason: they provide the power we crave. He concludes that anyone that is anti-carbon and anti-nuclear is certainly pro-blackout.

Supporting his N2N approach, he confirms that the U.S. sits atop enough natural gas to last a hundred years. By using natural gas in parallel with new nuclear technologies, he concludes that the U.S. can boost its economy while benefiting the environment.

Power Hungry challenges popular beliefs about what we think is best for the environment and what forms of energy will minimize carbon emissions thereby slowing climate change trends. Additional insight about energy and the N2N approach is available at