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Alternative Energy Sources

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Few people dispute the notion that the United States and, indeed, the rest of the world, is facing an energy crisis. The need for energy is constantly expanding, while nonrenewable resources are growing ever more scarce. Those who fear the destruction of the environment because of current energy policy battle those who fear that alternative energy sources are too expensive. In Alternative Energy Sources, author Kathiann M. Kowalski explores the current debate, the history of energy use in our nation and abroad, ...

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Overview

Few people dispute the notion that the United States and, indeed, the rest of the world, is facing an energy crisis. The need for energy is constantly expanding, while nonrenewable resources are growing ever more scarce. Those who fear the destruction of the environment because of current energy policy battle those who fear that alternative energy sources are too expensive. In Alternative Energy Sources, author Kathiann M. Kowalski explores the current debate, the history of energy use in our nation and abroad, and also looks at what the future might bring in the use of as yet untapped, or barely tapped, energy sources.

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Children's Literature - Amy S. Hansen
Part of the "Controversy!" series, Kowalski's clear text leaves little question about the science and the state of the politics; what is left up in the air is the question of our future. Kowalski walks us through the problems as they exist now—global warming and pollution and why we should consider alternative energy—and then gets into the types of energies that exist. Starting with fossil fuels, she explains the status quo: "Despite arguments for moving away from fossil fuels, some people believe the country should continue to exploit those energy resources. Fossil fuels already supply the overwhelming majority of the United States' current energy needs." She explains where the fuels came from and the problems in both harvesting them and burning them. When we get to the description of "clean coal" later on, Kowalski explains that the burning problem goes away, but the mining is still a problem. She does not pull any punches with any of the alternative energy sources either. She addresses biofuels, hydrogen, nuclear, solar, geothermal, wind and water. Her last chapter is called "good to go" and includes suggestions for how many of these alternatives may come into play. Backmatter includes extensive citations, more resources, and an index. Reviewer: Amy S. Hansen
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761448990
  • Publisher: Cavendish, Marshall Corporation
  • Publication date: 9/1/2010
  • Series: Controversy! Series
  • Pages: 159
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Why Alternative Energy? 5

2 Fossil Fuels: The Status Quo 25

3 Biofuels 41

4 Can Hydrogen Help? 55

5 Nuclear? Unclear 65

6 Solar Energy: Harnessing the Sun's Power 80

7 Earth, Wind, and Water 91

8 Moving Forward 107

Tips to Save Energy 117

Notes 119

Further Information 144

Bibliography 147

Index 152

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