Sustainable Fossil Fuels: The Unusual Suspect in the Quest for Clean and Enduring Energy

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Cambridge University Press, Jan 16, 2006 - Business & Economics
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More and more people believe we must quickly wean ourselves from fossil fuels - oil, natural gas and coal - to save the planet from environmental catastrophe, wars and economic collapse. In this 2006 book, Professor Jaccard argues that this view is misguided. We have the technological capability to use fossil fuels without emitting climate-threatening greenhouse gases or other pollutants. The transition from conventional oil and gas to their unconventional sources including coal for producing electricity, hydrogen and cleaner-burning fuels will decrease energy dependence on politically unstable regions. In addition, our vast fossil fuel resources will be the cheapest source of clean energy for the next century and perhaps longer, which is critical for the economic and social development of the world's poorer countries. By buying time for increasing energy efficiency, developing renewable energy technologies and making nuclear power more attractive, fossil fuels will play a key role in humanity's quest for a sustainable energy system.

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On page 68 of this book, the author quotes the U.S. Congressional Record of 1875. This quote is an urban legend used to prove his point. Use caution when trusting his sources.


What is energy sustainability?
Is our current energy path sustainable?
The prospects for clean secondary energy
The usual suspects efficiency nuclear and renewables
The unusual suspect how long can fossil fuels last and does it matter?
Can we use fossil fuels cleanly and what might it cost?
Sustainable energy choices comparing the options
Sustainable energy policy how do we get there?
Broadening the definition is sustainable energy sustainable?
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Mark Jaccard is a Professor in the School of Resource and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University, where he directs the Energy and Materials Research Group.

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