A Cubic Mile of Oil: Realities and Options for Averting the Looming Global Energy Crisis

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One cubic mile of oil (CMO) corresponds very closely to the world's current total annual consumption of crude oil. The world's total annual energy consumption - from all energy sources- is currently 3.0 CMO. By the middle of this century the world will need between 6 and 9 CMO of energy per year to provide for its citizens. Adequate energy is needed remove the scourge of poverty and provide food, clothing, and shelter for the people around the world, and more will be needed for measures to mitigate the potential...
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Overview


One cubic mile of oil (CMO) corresponds very closely to the world's current total annual consumption of crude oil. The world's total annual energy consumption - from all energy sources- is currently 3.0 CMO. By the middle of this century the world will need between 6 and 9 CMO of energy per year to provide for its citizens. Adequate energy is needed remove the scourge of poverty and provide food, clothing, and shelter for the people around the world, and more will be needed for measures to mitigate the potential effects of climate change such as building dikes and desalinating water.

A Cubic Mile of Oil describes the various energy sources and how we use them, projects their future contributions, and delineates what it would take to develop them to annually produce a CMO from each of them. The requirement for additional energy in the future is so daunting that we will need to use all resources. We also examine how improved efficiency and conservation measures can reduce future demand substantially, and help distinguish approaches that make a significant impact as opposed to merely making us feel good.

Use of CMO eliminates a multitude of units like tons of coal, gallons of oil, and cubic feet of gas; obviates the need for mind-numbing multipliers such as billions, trillions, and quadrillions; and replaces them with an easy-to-understand volumetric unit. It evokes a visceral response and allows experts, policy makers and the general public alike to form a mental picture of the magnitude of the challenge we face. In the absence of an appreciation of the scale of the problem, we risk squandering efforts and resources in pursuing options that will not meet tomorrow's global energy needs. We must make critical choices, and a common understandable language is essential for a sustained meaningful dialog.

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"An orginal, illuminating and entertaining way to experience the energy debate. Cubic Mile is more than an introduction to a new unit of measurement. It is an encyclopedic embrace of energy issues, with dispassionate but compelling analysis of the energy conundrum."--Neil Reynolds, The Globe and Mail

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195325546
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 7/15/2010
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Hewitt Crane was one of SRI's visionaries, combining several disciplines in his multilevel career. He is considered to be SRI's first bioengineer and one of SRI's most prolific inventors. Prior to SRI Hew worked with John Von Neumann at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. He was also co-founder of the highly acclaimed Ridge winery.

Edwin Kinderman has spent over 50 years actively conducting and/or managing research, development and evaluation activities dealing with the development and implementation of energy technology and the individual markets these technologies address. His latest effort has been an attempt to correlate these experiences into the overall evaluations discussed in this book.

Ripudaman Malhotra is an organic chemist who has worked extensively in the area of energy. Though most of his 30-year tenure has focused on the processing and analysis of fossil fuels, in recent years he has devoted increasing attention to the development of biofuels and other alternative energy sources.

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Table of Contents

The Authors

List of Exhibits

Some Common Energy Conversion Factors

Symbols and Abbreviations

Chapter 1 Introduction 3

PART I ENERGY USE

Chapter 2 Historical Energy Development and Future Dilemmas 19

Chapter 3 Energy Today 31

Chapter 4 Energy Needs to 2050 71

PART II ENERGY RESOURCES

Chapter 5 Our Energy Inheritance: Fossil Fuels 85

Chapter 6 Our Energy Inheritance: Nuclear Power 126

Chapter 7 Our Energy Income: Geothermal, Hydropower, Wind, Solar, and Biomass 177

PART III THE PATH FORWARD

Chapter 8 Energy Efficiency and Conservation 233

Chapter 9 The Path Forward 263

Index 285

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  • Posted December 11, 2011

    Not just about oil

    I found the book an excellent insight into the worlds energy future. The authors do an excellent job of separating the politics from the reality. There is no sermon about climate change, just the hard facts about our energy consumption and the reality of the finite amounts of inherited energy and when we'll run out of the different types. They also do a good job of detailing what we will need to do to move beyond those finite energy sources if we are to continue living our lifestyle while emerging economies catch up.

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