Energy at the Crossroads: Global Perspectives and Uncertainties

Energy at the Crossroads: Global Perspectives and Uncertainties

by Vaclav Smil
     
 

ISBN-10: 0262194929

ISBN-13: 9780262194921

Pub. Date: 11/01/2003

Publisher: MIT Press

In Energy at the Crossroads Vaclav Smil considers the twenty-first century's crucial question: how to reconcile the modern world's unceasing demand for energy with the absolute necessity to preserve the integrity of the biosphere. With this book he offers a comprehensive, accessible guide to today's complex energy issues-how to think clearly and logically about what…  See more details below

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In Energy at the Crossroads Vaclav Smil considers the twenty-first century's crucial question: how to reconcile the modern world's unceasing demand for energy with the absolute necessity to preserve the integrity of the biosphere. With this book he offers a comprehensive, accessible guide to today's complex energy issues-how to think clearly and logically about what is possible and what is desirable in our energy future.

The fundamental message of Energy at the Crossroads is that our dependence on fossil fuels must be reduced not because of any imminent resource shortages but because the widespread burning of oil, coal, and natural gas damages the biosphere and presents increasing economic and security problems caused by the world's reliance on more expensive supplies of Middle Eastern crude oil.

Smil begins with an overview of the twentieth century's long-term trends and achievements in energy production. He then discusses energy prices, the real cost of energy, and "energy linkages"-the effect energy issues have on the economy, on quality of life, on the environment, and in wartime. He examines the pros and cons not only of fossil fuels but also of alternative fuels such as hydroenergy, biomass energy, wind power, and solar power. Finally, he considers the future, focusing on what really matters, what works, what is realistic, and which outcomes are most desirable.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262194921
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
11/01/2003
Pages:
443
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Reflections on a Life of Energy Studies
1Long-term Trends and Achievements1
2Energy Linkages63
3Against Forecasting121
4Fossil Fuel Futures181
5Nonfossil Energies239
6Possible Futures317
Units and Abbreviations375
Prefixes377
Acronyms379
References383
Index419

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