Alternative Energy

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ABC-CLIO, 2010 - Business & Economics - 222 pages
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As this book makes clear, civilization cannot long continue to ride on an oil slick. Worldwide, many people have come to see dependence on coal, and especially on oil, not only as unsustainable, but as profoundly destabilizing, both environmentally and politically. While ever-increasing demands continue to be placed on "mainstream" energy sources, recurring attempts have been made to generate power in "alternative" ways.

After retracing some of these efforts, this succinct and historically informed volume explores the ongoing debate over alternative energy that gathered strength in the 20th century, showing how that debate mirrors larger attitudes toward energy and consumption. Like other volumes in this series, "Alternative Energy" is designed to provide material for student reports and debate arguments. It is an outstanding sourcebook for those interested in investigating the problems and prospects of alternative fuels.


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1 Human Societys Need for Energy
2 The Industrial Revolution and Humans HighEnergy Existence
3 Against the American Grain Paths Taken Paths Declined
4 The 1970s Initiate an Energy Transition
5 Assessing Renewable and Alternative Energy Technologies
6 Redefining Alternatives
Appendix 1 Summaries of US Legislation Provisions Related to Alternative Energy
Appendix 2 President Jimmy Carters Speech Concerning Energy April 18 1977
Appendix 3 President Jimmy Carter The Crisis of Confidence Speech July 15 1979
Appendix 4 Former Vice President Al Gore at New York University July 17 2008

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About the author (2010)

Brian C. Black is associate professor in the departments of history and environmental studies at Pennsylvania State University, Altoona, PA. He is the author of the Greenwood's Nature and the Environment in Nineteenth-Century American Life (2006) and Nature and the Environment in Twentieth-Century American Life (2006).

Richard Flarend is associate professor of physics at Pennsylvania State University, Altoona, PA.