Beyond Fossil Fools: The Roadmap to Energy Independence by 2040

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If the U.S. solves only its own energy problem, but the world does not, then everyone still loses. Pollution knows no borders and a sinking ship takes down everyone on board. That is why all countries must do what they can to affect a global transition to all-renewable, clean energy by 2040. That means a coordinated global effort with global scope. That means leadership from the United States, Europe, China, India, and Japan. That means diligent commitment from average citizens around the world, and corporate and national leaders.
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Beneath the snappy title lies a thoroughly engaging book. Septuagenarian Shuster, a chemical engineer by trade, wants the world to adopt a mix of sun (10 percent), wind (10 percent), and the atom (80 percent) to fill humanity's energy needs, and he wants it accomplished by July 4, 2040: Energy Independence Day! Shuster argues that it is imperative to transform transportation as quickly as possible from internal combustion engines to hybrids and electrics, to aggressively develop biofuels, and to fast-track nuclear power (particularly "fast-fusion" technology). With exclamatory, uppercase, boldfaced bluster he exhorts the reader to disregard global warming, do not worry about planting trees, do not bother with carbon cap and trades, and forget conservation-these are, he claims, just distractions from the real peril of the continued burning of fossil fuels. Suitable for most collections.

—Robert Eagan
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592982356
  • Publisher: Beaver's Pond Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/15/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 339
  • Product dimensions: 5.86 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Table of Contents

Lists of Figures     xi
Acknowledgements     xiii
Preface     xv
Overview     1
Problems: Fossil Foolishness
Fossil Fuels     9
Fossil Fuels in the United States     10
Coal     14
Natural Gas     16
Oil, Petroleum, and Gasoline     18
Some Conclusions, Simple Truths, and Confusions     25
The Real Costs of Fossil Fuels     29
Bottom Line     30
Fossil Fuel Disasters     31
Growing Acidity of the World's Oceans     33
Acid Rain     36
Smog and Ground-Level Ozone     39
Mercury     41
Other Nasty Stuff     45
Fossil Fuels as Mass Murderers     45
Regulation Is No Remedy     49
Bottom Line     49
Population     51
Population Demographics     52
How Population Growth Will Affect Worldwide Energy Use     55
Bottom Line     56
Global Warming     57
Mr. Gore, Global Warming Is a Symptom, Not the Problem     58
Greenhouse Gases     60
Global Warming and the Media     64
What Are Scientists andAl Gore Saying About Global Warming?     66
More Questionable Evidence for Global Warming     73
The Difficulties and Uncertainties of Modeling Global Climate     82
Solutions?     84
A Real Solution     92
True Believers, Contrarians, Dismayed Skeptics, and the Disinterested     94
Bottom Line     95
Energy Problems Around The World     97
United States     97
European Union     98
China     99
India     103
The World     111
Bottom Line     114
Solar Energy     117
Don't Believe the Hype     117
Direct Solar Energy     122
More Light on Solar Energy     129
Solar Energy in the Future     133
The Solar Roadmap, September 2004     133
Bottom Line     136
Wind     137
Wind Basics     138
Wind-Energy Production Worldwide     142
The Future of Wind Power in the United States     144
Don't Get Blown Away     148
Bottom Line     151
Biofuels     153
Ethanol     154
Biodiesel      166
Subsidies 101     170
Bottom Line     173
Other Renewable Energy Sources     175
Dams and Hydro-Electric Power     175
Tides     177
Waves     178
Geothermal Energy     178
Other     180
Bottom Line     180
Nuclear Energy     181
No Other Source: The Nuclear Energy Powerhouse     181
No Other Choice, No Other Option     184
Nuclear Energy Background     186
How Elegant is Nuclear Energy?     188
History of Nuclear Energy in the United States     189
Nuclear Energy Worldwide     195
Nuclear Energy and the Media     196
The Global Nuclear Energy Partnership     203
Bottom Line     208
Concerns About Nuclear Power     211
Radiation     213
Accidents     220
Proliferation and Global Stockpiles of Nuclear Weapons     228
Nuclear Waste Disposal     235
About Uranium     236
Transport of Nuclear Materials     237
Bottom Line     237
Water     239
Grasping the Problem     240
A Survey of Problems     244
What Can Be Done?     249
Bottom Line     251
The Hydrogen Economy     253
Hope and Hype     253
The Low Down     255
A Debate     257
Auto Industry     266
Bottom Line     268
A New Dawn
Transportation     271
Challenges     273
Even Political Favors Cannot Cure Incompetence     277
The Past     282
The Present     286
Future Transportation     289
Foot-Draggers, Resisters, and Opponents     302
Political issues     303
Bottom Line     304
Bridging The Gap     307
False Bridges     310
Canadian Oil Sands     315
U.S. Oil Shale     318
Bottom Line     330
Energy Independence by 2040     331
Use of Nuclear Power Provides Many Benefits     334
About U.S. Electricity     341
How Many Nuclear, Wind, and Solar Power Plants Does the United States (and World) Need and What Will They Cost?     342
A Wise Man Speaks: Dr. Dan Meneley's Presentation in 2006     348
Future Electricity Needs      350
Financial Epiphany: This Plan Is Affordable     350
Implementation     353
July 4, 2040: Energy Independence Day     356
Economic Expectation: Very Good News     357
Bottom Line for the United States and the World     359
Epilogue     361
References     367
Glossary     381
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2008

    every citizen should read

    I hesitantly ordered the book thinking it would be dull but was intrigued by the author interview I saw on TV... Wow! Once I started reading, I buzzed through it and understood our energy situation in a new light. Shuster is right to be worried about the futures of our grandchildren! Read his book to find solutions and hope! We can only solve the problems once we understand the facts.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2008

    A Very Important Read!

    Shuster's book is a landmark work on the energy crisis we are facing today. He pulls no punches. What really infuriates me is the total lack of media coverage on the newest nuclear energy developments. T. Boone Pickens picked the wrong horse! The 'Fast Neutron Reactors,' UREX+ and the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership (GNEP) seem to me to be the answer to many of our current energy and weapons proliferation issues. Are the anti-nuclear activists that powerful or are the media too lazy to learn about this technology? Where are our leaders?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2008

    Be Informed

    I read this book and learned many facts that absolutely astounded me. We have been fooled, lied to, misinformed and misdirected for WAY TOO LONG. Read this book and YOU will be able to tell if our leaders, 'experts' and journalists are speaking energy truth or fiction. This book is a GREAT GIFT to every one of us. Buy one, read it and pass it on to a friend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2008

    A reviewer

    Forget the spin, here are the facts plain and not so simple. This book should be required reading for every legislator, congressman, senator, etc. Better yet, required reading for every voter. This is the best book written to respond to our lack of an energy policy.

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