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Overview

Energy: We want it affordable, we want it available in ample quantities and from reliable sources, and we want it to be produced and used in ways that are safe and environmentally benign. In other words, we want plenty of energy too cheap to meter and with no impact on the environment. Ha! With a refreshing lack of bias, this book dissects all major sources of energy, from oil and coal to renewables like solar and wind power. In an easy, understandable style, energy expert Joseph Dukert explains how each fits into the overall global energy mix that powers everything from automobiles and appliances to assembly lines and space stations.

As Dukert details, all energy sources have pluses and minuses. Those who champion any single energy source (or even energy efficiency by itself) as the sole answer to our energy problems are off track, he argues, as are the cynics who condemn one source or another or pooh-pooh the threat of global warming. In short, we need every significant source of energy we have today, while also making greater efforts to improve the efficiency of energy production and energy consumption.

Dukert also explores the choices made by individuals, businesses, and society as each group juggles conflicting, interconnected factors: affordability, reliability, adequacy of supply, environmental concerns, and time. In explaining why there's no magic bullet solution to the energy crisis, the author blends simple technical descriptions, economics, and real-world politics. Besides providing a cogent overview of a huge—and hugely important—industry, this short, comprehensive volume helps readers decide for themselves which choices are in their best interest. As Dukert suggests, energy independence is probably not a realistic goal for any country, but the search for a dynamic, practical energy balance can nonetheless result in a wiser national energy policy.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Dukert's book stands out as an authoritative, wide-ranging treatment of energy, well suited as a core resource for undergraduate courses or general audiences. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All collections."

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Choice

"In view of the tumultuous history of energy prices, the growth in energy demand in emerging markets, rising geopolitical resource nationalism, the perceived conflicts between energy security and environmental concerns, the need for such a book is a no-brainer. Dukert pushes the reader to explore the thought process and tradeoffs that underlie the statement of such goals as 'we want affordable energy to be available in ample quantities from reliable sources that are safe and environmentally benign when we want it.' "

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The Energy Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313348778
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/30/2008
  • Series: Greenwood Guides to Business and Economics Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,329,086
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

JOSEPH M. DUKERT, Ph.D., a political economist, has been an independent energy analyst and consultant for more than forty years. He is regarded by many in the field as the outstanding authority on the interdependent North American energy market. His expertise covers both technical developments and economics in all energy sources as well as energy efficiency. An adjunct fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, he was named several years ago as a Senior Fellow of the U.S. Association for Energy Economics. He has also served as Senior Advisor to the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation and as a consultant to the International Energy Agency of the OECD.

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Table of Contents

Series Foreword

Preface

Chapter 1. Energy in the Balance

Chapter 2. How Much Is Enough?

Chapter 3. How Much Does It Cost?

Chapter 4. Reliability of Supply

Chapter 5. Environmental Factors

Chapter 6. Time, the Often Overlooked Factor

Chapter 7. Energy Policy and Its Economic Implications

Chapter 8. Looking Ahead to Sustainable Development

Glossary

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