Out of Gas: The End of the Age of Oil

Out of Gas: The End of the Age of Oil

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by David Goodstein
     
 

Counting up the human cost of the age of oil is impossible, not only because there are too many damaged people to count but also because many have developed the habit of turning away from the situation altogether. Goodstein gives hope that the earth may be able to survive the end of the age of oil as he describes the importance of fossil fuels over time and the myths… See more details below

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Counting up the human cost of the age of oil is impossible, not only because there are too many damaged people to count but also because many have developed the habit of turning away from the situation altogether. Goodstein gives hope that the earth may be able to survive the end of the age of oil as he describes the importance of fossil fuels over time and the myths that have developed around them, the role of electricity and radiant energy, the nature of heat engines and entropy, some technological fixes, and an idea of what the future can hold. He includes a new postscript for this edition. Annotation © 2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Editorial Reviews

The New York Times
I hope Goodstein is wrong. I wish we could dismiss him as an addled environmentalist, too much in love with his windmill to know which way the wind is blowing. On the strength of the evidence, and his argument, however, we can't. If he's right, I'm sorry for my kids. And I'm especially sorry for theirs. — Paul Raeburn
Library Journal
Goodstein is not some flaky, back-to-earth type, insists the publicist, but a sober-minded scientist (and vice provost at the California Institute of Technology) issuing a warning. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393058574
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
01/19/2004
Pages:
140
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)

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