How Some Countries Have Solved Climate Change and the Rest Can Follow

By Joshua S. Goldstein and Staffan A. Qvist


“The most important book about climate change since An Inconvenient Truth.”
from the foreword by Steven Pinker, Harvard University


“A must-read for anyone who wants to preserve our planet for our children and grandchildren.”
Christine Todd Whitman, former head of the EPA and governor of New Jersey


A Bright Future lays out the only viable path that has been proposed for rapid global decarbonization.”
James Hansen, Climate Scientist, former head of NASA Goddard Institute


A Bright Future comes along at a critical time for our planet. Its key message: the climate is changing, the consequences are serious, and we can and must take action.”
George P. Shultz, former Secretary of State



As climate change nears potentially catastrophic tipping points, a solution is hiding in plain sight. Joshua Goldstein and Staffan Qvist offer a proven, fast, inexpensive way to cut greenhouse gas emissions and solve global warming. Several countries have successfully replaced fossil fuels with low-carbon energy sources by combining renewable energy with a quick build-out of nuclear power. These countries – including Sweden, France, and South Korea – offer a model of abundant clean energy and economic prosperity that could allow the world to decarbonize by midcentury. With the stakes extraordinarily high and the deadline for action near, this clear and compelling book could spark the transformation in energy policy that the world needs.


Joshua S. Goldstein is Professor Emeritus of International Relations at American University. He is the author of six books about war, peace, diplomacy, and economic history, and a bestselling college textbook, International Relations. See www.joshuagoldstein.com.


Staffan A. Qvist is a Swedish engineer, scientist and consultant to clean energy projects around the world. Trained as a nuclear engineer (Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley), he works with both renewable and nuclear energy development projects. For more information, see www.staffanqvist.com.


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