Carbon-Free and Nuclear-Free: A Roadmap for U. S. Energy Policy


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This book is must reading for people concerned with energy politics and everyone who wants to take action to protect the planet's future. It will change the way you think about the ongoing energy debate.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780964516823
  • Publisher: Wicker Park Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 1/28/2011
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Acknowledgements xiii

Preface xv

A Climate Change xv

B Nuclear Power and Nuclear Weapons Proliferation xvii

C Oil xx

D Lifestyles and Values xx

E Conclusions xxii

Chapter 1 Setting the Stage - A Brief Historical Overview 1

A The Need for a Zero-CO2 Economy in the United States 1

B Historical Overview 4

Plan of the Book 13

Chapter 2 Broad Energy and Economic Considerations 14

A Analysis of Energy Prices and Implicit CO2 Prices 18

1 Implicit CO2 Price in the Electricity Sector 18

2 CO2 and Petroleum 24

B Defining "Zero-CO2 Emissions" 26

Chapter 3 Technologies - Supply, Storage, and Conversion 28

A Wind Energy 30

B Solar Electricity 37

C Biomass - Introduction 45

D Microalgae 48

E Grasses 52

F Other High Productivity Biomass. 54

G Some Conclusions about Biomass 58

H Solar Hydrogen 59

I Wave Energy 61

J Hot Rock Geothermal Energy 61

K Energy Storage Technologies 62

1 Batteries 63

2 Capacitors 67

3 Compressed Air Storage 69

L Long-term Sequestration of CO2 71

Chapter 4 Technologies - Demand-Side Sectors 73

A Residential and Commercial Sectors 73

Lighting 82

B Transportation 83

1 Fuel for Jet Aircraft 84

2 Public Transportation 88

C The Industrial Sector 92

Chapter 5 A Reference Zero-CO2 Scenario 95

A Residential and Commercial Energy Use 96

B Transportation and Industry 98

C Electricity Production 101

1 Methodological Note on Thermal and Other Losses in Electricity Production 101

2 Electricity in the Reference Scenario 103

D Overall Results 107

Land Use Considerations 107

Chapter 6 Options for the Roadmap to Zero-CO2 Emissions 112

A Hydrogen Production from Solar and Wind Energy 112

B Efficiency and Electricity 115

C Stationary Storage of Electricity 117

D Feedstocks and Industrial Energy 117

E Natural Gas Combined Cycle and Coal as Contingencies for the Electric Grid 118

F Structural Changes in the Economy 119

G Some Considerations in Setting Target Dates for Zero-CO2 121

1 Historical Examples 121

2 Demand Sector Considerations for a Target Phase-out Date 123

H Estimating a Phase-out Schedule 125

1 Ozone-depleting Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) 125

2 A Range of Dates for Zero-C02 Emissions 126

Chapter 7 Policy Considerations 129

A A CO2 Emissions Cap Declining to Zero 131

1 Early Action Rewards 135

2 Defining "Large Users" of Fossil Fuels 135

3 Penalties 138

4 Revenues 138

B Small Users of Fossil Fuels 139

1 Time-of-use Rates 140

2 Incentives and Rebates 141

3 Achieving Zero-CO2 Emissions for Small Users 142

C Government Actions 142

D New Coal-fired Power Plants 144

E Ending Subsidies for Nuclear Power and Fossil Fuels 144

F Corporate and NGO Actions 145

Chapter 8 Roadmap for a Zero-CO2 Economy 147

A A Preferred Renewable Energy Scenario 147

B Timeline for Transformation 149

C Macroeconomics of the Transition 158

1 The Residential and Commercial Sectors 159

2 Transportation 162

D Projecting Business-as-usual 163

Chapter 9 Summary 165

A Findings 166

B Recommendations: The Clean Dozen 175

Afterword 176

Glossary 178

Appendix A Nuclear Power 181

A History 181

B Nuclear Waste 184

The Global Nuclear Energy Program 188

C Cost 189

D Nuclear Power and Global Climate Change 190

Appendix B Interview Regarding Industrial Greenhouse Gas Emissions 193

Appendix C Japan Focus Interview on Carbon-Free and Nuclear-Free 203

Endnotes 208

References 220

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