The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World

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Penguin, 2012 - Business & Economics - 820 pages
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This sequel to The Prize provides a narrative of global energy, the principal engine of geopolitical and economic change. The author, an energy authority continues the riveting story begun in the book, The Prize, in this account of the quest for the energy the world needs, and the power and riches that come with it. He proves that energy is truly the engine of global political and economic change, as well as central to the battle over climate change. From the jammed streets of Beijing, the shores of the Caspian Sea, and the conflicts in the Mideast, to Capitol Hill and Silicon Valley, he takes us inside the decisions and choices that are shaping our future. Without understanding the realities of energy examined in this book, we may surrender our place at the helm of history. He tells the inside stories of the oil market, the rise of the "petrostate", the race to control the resources of the former Soviet empire, and the massive corporate mergers that transformed the oil landscape. He shows how the drama of oil, the struggle for access to it, the battle for control, the insecurity of supply, the consequences of its use, its impact on the global economy, and the geopolitics that dominate it-will continue to shape our world. He takes on the toughest questions-will we run out of oil, and are China and the United States destined to conflict over oil? He also reveals the surprising and turbulent history of nuclear, coal, electricity, and natural gas. He investigates the "rebirth of renewables", biofuels and wind, as well as solar energy, which venture capitalists are betting will be "the next big thing" for meeting the needs of a growing world economy. He makes clear why understanding this greening landscape and its future role are crucial. He further brings climate change into unique perspective by offering an original and unprecedented history of how the issue went from concerning a handful of scientists, terrified of a new Ice Age, to one of the overarching issues of our times. This book presents an extraordinary range of characters and a panorama of dramatic stories that illustrate the principles that will shape a robust and flexible energy security system for the decades to come.
 

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The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Making of the Modern World by Daniel Yergin This book was on a recommended reading list produced by the State Department under the "(Geographic) Area Studies ... Read full review

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This is something quite extraordinary. A sprawling, epic story covering energy and its effects on policy, with characters and topics and events from the beginning of the industrial revolution to the ... Read full review

Contents

Maps and Charts
1
Prologue
9
PART ONE The New World of
19
Russia Returns
21
The Caspian Derby
44
The Newly Independent States
45
Pipeline Politics
58
Across the Caspian
65
Breaking the Bargain
382
The Urgency of Fuel Choice
399
The Fuel Mix
401
PART FOUR Climate and Carbon
421
Glacial Change
423
The Age of Discovery
436
Atmospheric CO Levels
446
The Road to Rio
457

The New Geography of Oil and Gas 264
76
Supermajors
84
The PetroState
108
Aggregate Disruption
127
War in Iraq
143
The Demand Shock
161
Crude Oil Prices
186
Chinas Rise
190
China in the Fast Lane
211
U S and China
219
PART TWO Securing the Supply
227
Is the World Running Out of Oil?
229
World Liquids Production 19462011
242
Unconventional
244
The Security of Energy
266
Shifting Sands in the Persian Gulf
285
The Middle East Youth Bulge
296
Gas on Water
312
The Natural Gas Revolution
327
PART THREE The Electric
345
Alternating Currents
347
The Nuclear Cycle
364
Making a Market
475
On the Global Agenda
493
In Search of Consensus
509
PART FIVE
525
Science Experiment
553
Alchemy of Shining Light
569
From Light to Electricity
572
Mystery of Wind
595
Harnessing Wind Power
607
The Fifth FuelEfficiency
620
Closing the Conservation Gap
632
PART
647
Internal Fire
671
The Great Electric Car Experiment
692
The Gap
715
A Great Revolution
718
Acknowledgments
726
Notes
732
Bibliography
770
Index
785
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DANIEL B. YERGIN is one of the most influential voices on energy in the world and a highly respected authority on international politics and economics. Dr. Yergin received the Pulitzer Prize for The Prize, which became a number one bestseller. He received the United States Energy Award for “lifelong achievements in energy and the promotion of international understanding.” He is the chairman of IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates. His other books include Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy; Russia 2010; and Shattered Peace.

[www.danielyergin.com]

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