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Overview

As we experience an increase in the price of petroleum, energy experts caution us about the coming of a time when easily accessible petroleum will begin to decline. The United States is confronted with the challenge of meeting current energy demands in the face of a declining and unstable energy supply. Alternative Energy systematically explores the most viable alternative sources of energy, discussing the technical, political, economic, and social feasibility of each technology in understandable terms. In addition, the book discusses the history of energy policy as well as current policy. Intended for courses in energy and public policy and for those interested in developing energy-efficient plans for sustainable communities, Alternative Energy will help readers become active participants in making future energy choices for their communities. Alternative Energy includes an interactive model of alternative energy mixes and estimated prices.

About the Author:
Christopher A. Simon is associate professor of political science at the University of Nevada, Reno

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Choice
A comprehensive introduction to alternative energy sources and their political, economic, and social feasibility. The topic is important, and there is much of value in Simon's evenhanded presentation of the vulnerabilities and advantages of each source (e.g., geothermal, solar, wind). Simon has produced an accessible, accurate description of how alternative energy sources work and the obstacles to their broader adoption. His book is a significant contribution to the literature. Highly recommended. General readers; students, lower-division undergraduate and up; researchers and practitioners.
CHOICE
A comprehensive introduction to alternative energy sources and their political, economic, and social feasibility. The topic is important, and there is much of value in Simon's evenhanded presentation of the vulnerabilities and advantages of each source (e.g., geothermal, solar, wind). Simon has produced an accessible, accurate description of how alternative energy sources work and the obstacles to their broader adoption. His book is a significant contribution to the literature. Highly recommended. General readers; students, lower-division undergraduate and up; researchers and practitioners.
John Reynolds
This book is packed with information on most of the major alternative energy sources. Especially useful will be the end-of-chapter summaries and the references. Controversial subjects are treated with an even hand.
Nicholas P. Lovrich
Americans face a major challenge in the coming decades of reformulating their public policies to reflect a world in which fossil fuels are no longer plentiful, easily accessible and relatively inexpensive to prepare for market and ultimate consumption. The economics, the basic science, and the cultural and political dynamics associated with public policy reformulation in the area of alternative energy sources are indeed complex—and the challenge is appropriately framed as a 'wicked problem' by Christopher Simon in this excellent monograph. Simon should be commended for his artful framing of this issue, and for his fair and even-handed assessment of the public policy options facing citizens and policymakers alike as we struggle to assure future generations of a quality of life at least as good as that we have enjoyed during our period of stewardship over the planet's resources. I can recommend this well-informed overview of the alternative energy challenges which lie ahead for our country without reservation, and in confidence that the readers of this volume will find it at once informative and insightful.
T. R. Lakshmanan
This book takes a persuasive, broad view of the coming paradigmatic shift towards a sustainable energy future. Dr. Simon views this transition as the outcome of interactions among market forces of stakeholder dynamics, values evolution and institutional redesign.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742549098
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/28/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 250
  • Sales rank: 1,267,602
  • Product dimensions: 0.57 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Christopher A. Simon is associate professor of political science at the University of Nevada, Reno. He is the author of Public Policy: Preferences and Outcomes.

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Table of Contents


List of Illustrations     ix
Foreword     xi
Acknowledgments     xv
Why Alternative Energy and Fuels?     1
Studying Public Policy and Alternative Energy/Fuels     21
Overview of Alternative Energy and Fuels and Their Uses     39
Alternative Energy/Fuels as a Public Policy Innovation     63
Solar Energy     87
Wind Energy     103
Geothermal Energy     123
New Century Fuels and Their Uses     145
Historical Precedents: Alternative Energy/Fuels and Legitimacy Issues     169
Public Policy, Institutional Developments, and Policy Interests     189
Practical Demonstration of the Economics of Alternative Energy     209
Conclusion: The Future of Alternative Energy     219
Index     227
About the Author     233
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