For years I've been hiding my suspicion that nuclear energy, so derided and opposed by my fellow environmentalists, especially those affiliated or following the lead of Greenpeace--an organization I have worked for and admired--might be an answer to the perilous price and dwindling supply of oil.
While it may still be arguable that we've reached peak oil, that point at which known, accessible deposits of affordable oil have been fully exploited, the specter of global warming spurred by burning fossil fuels is enough to re-examine the benefit of nuclear power generation, problematic though it may be.
Happily I have discovered that in this too heretical belief I am not alone.
Power to Save the World is a picaresque, flat-out love song to the bad boy of the great American energy debate -- as good a book as we're likely to get on a subject mired in political incorrectness, general unfathomability and essentially limitless gut fears.
It's also the latest plot point for one of the few unassailably positive byproducts of global-warming mania: the quiet emergence of pro-nuke greens, led by such impeccable apostates as Whole Earth founder Stewart Brand and James Lovelock, the British chemist best known for his Earth-is-a-living-organism "Gaia hypothesis."