Energy Myths and Realities: Bringing Science to the Energy Policy Debate

Energy Myths and Realities: Bringing Science to the Energy Policy Debate

by Vaclav Smil
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0844743283

ISBN-13: 9780844743288

Pub. Date: 08/16/2010

Publisher: American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research

There are many misconceptions about the future of global energy often presented as fact by the media, politicians, business leaders, activists, and even scientists—wasting time and money and hampering the development of progressive energy policies. Energy Myths and Realities: Bringing Science to the Energy Policy Debate debunks the most common fallacies to

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There are many misconceptions about the future of global energy often presented as fact by the media, politicians, business leaders, activists, and even scientists—wasting time and money and hampering the development of progressive energy policies. Energy Myths and Realities: Bringing Science to the Energy Policy Debate debunks the most common fallacies to make way for a constructive, scientific approach to the global energy challenge. When will the world run out of oil? Should nuclear energy be adopted on a larger scale? Are ethanol and wind power viable sources of energy for the future? Vaclav Smil advises the public to be wary of exaggerated claims and impossible promises. The global energy transition will be prolonged and expensive—and hinges on the development of an extensive new infrastructure. Established technologies and traditional energy sources are persistent and adaptable enough to see the world through that transition. Energy Myths and Realities brings a scientific perspective to an issue often dominated by groundless assertions, unfounded claims, and uncritical thinking. Before we can create sound energy policies for the future, we must renounce the popular myths that cloud our judgment and impede true progress.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780844743288
Publisher:
American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
Publication date:
08/16/2010
Pages:
232
Sales rank:
802,488
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures
Key to Units of Measure
Introduction

Part I: Lessons from the Past
Chapter 1: The Future Belongs to Electric Cars
Chapter 2: Nuclear Electricity Will Be Too Cheap to Meter
Chapter 3: Soft Energy Illusions

Part II: Myths in the Headlines
Chapter 4: Running Out: Peak Oil and Its Meaning
Chapter 5: Sequestration of Carbon Dioxide
Chapter 6: Liquid Fuels from Plants
Chapter 7: Electricity from Wind
Chapter 8: The Pace of Engery Transitions

Conclusion: Lessons and Policy Implications
Notes
References
Index
About the Author

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