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The “contrarian view” from Manhattan Institute’s Robert Bryce: Physics, economics dictate natural gas-to-nuclear energy dominance for the long term.

The point of view: Wind, solar and biofuels just can’t cut it as key sources for meeting the world’s soaring demand for energy.

That’s it, in a nutshell, according to Mr. Bryce. His solution: more support for technological advances in natural gas and nuclear energy production —  the “N2N” path. With these views in his just-published book, “Smaller, Faster, Lighter, Denser, Cheaper,” (Public Affairs), he is bound to stir controversy, yet again, on the existential challenge of meeting the energy needs of the future generations.

But there’s more: In the wake of President Obama’s recently-issued restrictions on coal-fired plants, the book nevertheless asserts that coal will long remain a source of cheap electricity around the world. That and Mr. Bryce’s reasoning about the physics and practicality of various energy sources will undoubtedly generate spirited response from the renewable energy community.