Powering the Future: A Scientist's Guide to Energy Independence
Dr. Daniel B. Botkin objectively assesses the true prospects, limitations, costs, risks, dangers, and tradeoffs associated with every leading and emerging source of energy, including oil, natural gas, coal, hydroelectric, nuclear, wind, solar, ocean power, and biofuels. Next, Botkin addresses the energy distribution system, outlining how it currently works, identifying its inefficiencies, and reviewing options for improving it.
Finally, Botkin turns to solutions, offering a realistic, scientifically and economically viable path to a sustainable, energy-independent future: one that can improve the quality of life for Americans and for people around the world.
The Future of Fossil Fuels
What can we realistically expect from oil, gas, and coal?
Will Alternative Energy Sources Really Matter?
Running the numbers on solar, wind, biofuels, and other renewables
Must We All Wear Sweaters and Live in Caves?
The right role for efficiency--and why energy minimalism isn’t the solution
Where We Can Start--and What Will Happen if We Don’t
No magic bullet, but there are sensible, realistic solutions
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - PaolaM - LibraryThing
A book about the various energy sources - it is full of data and their sources, and it tries to balance the various views on what is sometimes a contentious topic, especially when it comes to the ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - love2laf - LibraryThing
What an interesting read! I loved the thoroughness of the costs of different types of electricity; hidden, environmental, set up and clean up. I finally feel like I have an understanding based on more than just the media buzz. Read full review