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This is a good book for people who want to understand many of the problems we face in the field of energy. Here are some of the things I learned from it:
Fuel for cars, to heat homes, to provide electric power. It's getting scarcer and the growth of the third world (especially China and India) is creating much of the problem.
But those countries can't be blamed for the total problem. Many solutions are being resisted, hidden from sight, or bought up and squirreled away by people who seem to have other agendas.
Alternate sources, according to this book, are often stifled by economic realities (it's hard to develop a fuel that will sell for $3/gal if gas is selling for $2). The see/saw of crude oil prices create an on again / off again environment for alternative fuels.
Johnson says his solution(s) can solve the energy problem in 10 years IF we get crackin'. After reading this, I think he may be right.
If you're someone who is interested in this problem at more than a superficial lever, this would be a great book to have in your library to read and for future reference.
The field and technology is constantly changing and I'm sure that the author missed a few things, but most of them seem to be there.
Existing systems __________________ 63
Energy Systems Old
Electric Power Plants _______ 122
Fuelpowered Systems and Devices
Hybrid and combination systems
New Hybrid and Other Vehicles
Putting it all together The Optimal
Politics Rears its Ugly
Media and Environmentalist Promoted
Some Thoughts About other Realities336
A Wild and unlikely Future Scenario348
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A Convenient Solution: How Americans Can Solve the Energy Crisis in Ten Years
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