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Posted August 7, 2006
The parts of this book that cover the history of energy use and technical aspects of efficiency and the refining of power are interesting and somewhat of a fresh prespective. The thing that bothers me is that the authors basically discount any possibility of fossile fuels becoming suddenly scarce. If the fuel disruptions of the 70s sent ripples through the political and economic system, what would happen if actual supplies really did drop permanently in a short period of time? It seems like their whole defense of letting energy extraction and use continue its present course hinges on the impossibility of a sudden drop in oil and gas production in the face of rising demand. If the peak oil people are wrong then these guys are probably close to being right. I hope that they are, but I fear that they are not.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 4, 2005
Gee, another GOP conservative telling us high gas prices are good (like the brown outs were good for California) and all the independent minds who say otherwise are just... alarmists. Creative statistics aside, take a good look at who is writing and/or endorsing this book before you accent their logic.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 16, 2005
Energy begins with ideas, not hype. At last we have positive ideas about the impact of energy in our lives. Ideas that shed light on the dark ages of disinformation about the human presence. Climbing the efficiency food chain yields progress for society, for the economy and for ecology. Those who advance false scientific theory to promote lethargy appear to be concerned about protecting the environment. This new light exposes the defeatism of the tax and conserve mantra. Global warming and the energy shortage are a shill for defeatism and lethargy. 'The Bottomless Well' exposes the farce by re-affirming the second law of thermodynamics - 'every system left to itself will change to a position of maximum entropy'. Better energy policy proceed from energy. Maximum entropy is achieved by freedom and entrepeneurialism independent of political interference. This is the process consumption fosters: MORE EFFICIENT consumption - to the end that energy sources are nurtured rather than exploited. 'Lethargists' have no such vision...we just GET LESS. J.F. - MissouriWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 8, 2005
Most books on energy proceed with all the plodding predictability of an oil station pumping up and down in the middle of Nowhere, Texas: There's only so much oil, it's being consumed faster and faster, so someday the spigot must squeak dry. Authors and contrarians Peter W. Huber and Mark P. Mills stand up in the court of global opinion to pound loudly on the oil drum of iconoclasm. The question before the world jury: Is this a work of genius, or a perfect illustration of the fact that some energy is indeed wasted? This book reflects diligent-if-tendentious research and unapologetically advances highly unpopular, and potentially inaccurate, theories. These include the notion that making industrial processes more energy efficient results in increased consumption. It asserts that energy development is a perpetual motion machine that rewards increased consumption with ever-expanding supplies, and that wasting energy is both inevitable and virtuous, as it leads ultimately to greater supply and production. This last notion is not so far-fetched in light of nuclear fusion and the ongoing convergence of digital and genetic technologies. We recommend this unique perspective to those interested in a different take on the world's sustainability dilemma. If nothing else, it will give you something extremely controversial to read while the jury is still out.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.