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The Future of Thorium, the Zero-Risk Alternative Power Source that Will Solve the World Energy Crisis

by Martin, Richard

In this groundbreaking book, award-winning energy writer and analyst Richard Martin uncovers the "thorium undergound": a worldwide movement to bring back the long-lost technology of thorium -- an alternative nuclear fuel that is far safer, cleaner, and more abundant than uranium.

Based on three years of reporting, Super Fuel reveals that countries like China and India are leading the renaissance of a clean-energy technology originally pioneered at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, in Tennessee, in the 1960s and 70s. Sure to make international headlines, Super Fuel is a pioneering work of science and reportage that points the way to a carbon-free energy future.

Martin's work analyzing the energy industry has appeared in Time, Fortune, The Atlantic, and The Asian Wall Street Journal. His story on the alternative nuclear fuel thorium was the subject of a Google conference in March 2010, at which he was a featured speaker, and his article "The God Particle and the Grid" (Wired, April 2004) was selected for Best Science Writing of 2004. In 1998 he spent three months in Central Asia reporting on the Caspian Sea oil boom for and several other outlets. Richard holds a B.A. from Yale University and his graduate work in Asian Studies and Communications was done at the University of Hong Kong and the University of Washington.

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Richard Martin was a guest on NPR’s “TALK OF THE NATION: SCIENCE FRIDAY” on May 4

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Richard Martin was a guest on WNYC’s “BRIAN LEHRER SHOW” on May 8, 2012{feed

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