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Fossil energy not only threatens massive environmental and social disruption through global warming but, at present rates of consumption, it will run out within decades, causing huge industrial dislocation. Even before ...
Fossil energy not only threatens massive environmental and social disruption through global warming but, at present rates of consumption, it will run out within decades, causing huge industrial dislocation. Even before then, the conflicts and imbalances it causes in the Middle East and elsewhere in the world's economy will be frighteningly exacerbated.
The alternative exists: renewable energy from renewable sources -- above all solar. Substituting renewable for fossil resources will take a new industrial revolution, which is imperative if the worst of the damage is to be averted, and which also offers an unprecedented chance to restructure the international order, revitalize regional economies and prevent environmental devastation.
It can be done, and it can be done in time. The Solar Economy, by one of the world's most effective analysts and advocates, lays out the blueprints, showing how the political, economic and technological challenges can be met using indigenous, renewable and universally available resources, and the enormous opportunities and benefits that will flow from doing so.
'A masterwork by the master advocate for solar.'
Jeremy Eggett, author of The Carbon War
'This book has the greatest importance for the future of mankind.'
Gunther Grass, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature 1999
'The most powerfully written book on the energy situation. Highly Recommended!'
'Scheer's is a heady, utopian vision. Here comes the sun.'
'Forget Kyoto - all talk and no action; this book shows how technological challenges can be met using indigenous, renewable and universally available resources, and predicts the enormous benefits which will flow from doing so.'
'The Solar Economy presents a compelling case for weaning the world off its potentially disastrous reliance on oil.'
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|Scenario: From fossil fuels to solar power: transforming the global economy||1|
|Pt. I||Captivity or liberation: fossil fuel and solar supply chains compared|
|Ch. 1||Ensnared by fossil supply chains||37|
|Ch. 2||Exploiting solar resources: the new political and economic freedom||62|
|Pt. II||The pathological politics of fossil resources|
|Ch. 3||The 21st century writing on the wall: the political cost of fuel and resource conflict||93|
|Ch. 4||The distorting effects of fossil supply chains||120|
|Ch. 5||The mythology of fossil energy||137|
|Pt. III||Throwing off the fossil supply chains|
|Ch. 6||Energy beyond the grid||173|
|Ch. 7||The untapped wealth of solar resources||206|
|Ch. 8||The profitability of renewable energy and resources||231|
|Pt. IV||Towards a solar economy|
|Ch. 9||Exploiting solar energy||251|
|Ch. 10||Regionalization of the global economy through solar resources||285|
|Ch. 11||The visible hand of the sun: blueprint for a solar world||312|
Posted February 9, 2003
As a continuous student of political science, who is very concerned about the future of this planet and mankind, and, as an operator of a small hydropower plant (600 MWH/a), I find Dr. Scheer's assessment and thoughts fantastic and inspirational. Even non-environmentalists and conservative economic thinkers should read this book - perhaps they will wake-up and realize that the future of our economies has already began and that the "Solar Economy" is inevitable.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.