Magazine November 23, 2009, Issue


A solar power plant in Lancaster, California August 5, 2009. (Nichola Groom/Reuters)

Here Comes the Sun

Lamar Alexander is correct to be concerned about the potential destruction of the environment in “Fisson, Baby, Fission!” (November 2). He is right about the benefits of nuclear power and the problems with wind farms. But he is wrong in his objections to solar.

The most efficient use of solar power does not require large land areas and miles of transmission wires to connect to the grid. Solar-panel systems can be installed on the rooftops of tens of thousands of large low-rise buildings in industrial areas throughout the U.S. Rooftop solar installations can directly supply a large part,

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In This Issue



Books, Arts & Manners


China Alone?

When China Rules the World: The End of the Western World and the Birth of a New Global Order, by Martin Jacques (Penguin, 576 pp., $29.95)
Film & TV

Dark and Wild

This is a film about childhood that can be appreciated by pretentious, nitpicky grown-ups, it will find its fiercest fans among the Maxes of the world




‘Would it not be easier,” wrote Bertolt Brecht after the East German uprising in 1953, “for the government to dissolve the people and elect another?”