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The people most concerned about climate change are serious about finding ways to power our lives without burning fossil fuels. 

And there is an option that seldom gets discussed: nuclear power.  This is the centerpiece of a book by Joshua Goldstein and Staffan Qvist, A Bright Future: How Some Countries Have Solved Climate Change and the Rest Can Follow.  

The authors make the case for a strong commitment to nuclear power as a way to solve climate change. 

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The very name speaks volumes, in just three syllables: Chernobyl.  It is the site of the worst nuclear power disaster ever, a 1986 explosion and massive radiation leak that killed dozens of people quickly and sickened thousands more for years to come. 

Serhii Plokhy, a Ukrainian historian, finds the greatest fault in the Soviet system that was ultimately responsible for the disaster. 

The system itself passed into history less than a decade later, but authoritarian governments exist elsewhere and are interested in nuclear power. 

Plokhy warns of the potential for future problems in his book Chernobyl: The History of a Nuclear Catastrophe