The Bottomless Well: The Twilight of Fuel, the Virtue of Waste, and Why We Will Never Run Out of Energy

The Bottomless Well: The Twilight of Fuel, the Virtue of Waste, and Why We Will Never Run Out of Energy

by Peter Huber, Mark Mills, Mark P. Mills
     
 

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A myth-shattering book that explains why energy is not scarce, why the quality of energy is more important than quantity, and why "waste" of energy is both necessary and desirable.

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A myth-shattering book that explains why energy is not scarce, why the quality of energy is more important than quantity, and why "waste" of energy is both necessary and desirable.

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Publishers Weekly
Contrary to "Lethargist" Chicken Littles who champion gas taxes and mileage standards, this free-market-oriented, techno-optimist manifesto insists that "[h]umanity is destined to find and consume more energy, and still more, forever." Huber, a fellow at the conservative Manhattan Institute (Hard Green; Galileo's Revenge; etc.), and venture capitalist and former Reagan administration staffer Mills contend that, in conjunction with our ever-increasing scientific know-how, consuming energy yields good things, including the ability to find and harness more energy. The authors develop intriguing contrarian challenges to the conventional wisdom (improved energy efficiency, they argue cogently, boosts energy demand instead of curbing it) and their discussions of new technologies-electric drive trains, awesome lasers, "dexterous robots"-that may profoundly reshape energy usage is illuminating. But their treatment of energy-consumption pitfalls like global warming is cursory and unconvincing, and they devote too little space to explaining exactly where new energy supplies will come from, and too much to assurances that "[f]uels recede, demand grows... but logic ascends, and with the rise of logic we attain the impossible-infinite energy, perpetual motion and the triumph of power." Long on Nietzschean bombast but short on some crucial specifics, theirs is an intriguing but incomplete vision of energy policy and prospects. (Feb.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780465031160
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
01/16/2005
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 9.48(h) x 0.91(d)

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Richard S. Lindzen
Richard S. Lindzen, Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Atmospheric Sciences, MIT
It is a tribute to Huber and Mills that they succeed in explaining the importance of entropy in a book that is entertaining, fascinating, informative and even visionary.

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