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 P. Mills
     
 

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The sheer volume of talk about energy, energy prices, and energy policy on both sides of the political aisle suggests that we must know something about these subjects. But according to Peter W. Huber and Mark P. Mills, the things we think we know are mostly myths. A better understanding of energy will radically change our views and policies on a number of very

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The sheer volume of talk about energy, energy prices, and energy policy on both sides of the political aisle suggests that we must know something about these subjects. But according to Peter W. Huber and Mark P. Mills, the things we think we know are mostly myths. A better understanding of energy will radically change our views and policies on a number of very controversial issues. In The Bottomless Well, Huber and Mills show why energy is not scarce, why the price of energy doesn't matter very much, and why "waste" of energy is both necessary and desirable. Across the board, energy isn't the problem; energy is the solution.

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KLIATT - Nola Theiss
This book would be useful to any class that wants to look at both sides of US energy policy, since it presents the contrarian case that using more energy is a good thing. The basic premise is that using more energy increases our ability to find more energy and to invent new ways to improve energy efficiency, and that restricting energy use actually boosts energy demand. Filled with charts and illustrations, the authors present their case well, but they give short shrift to some of the problems with increased energy use, including global warming and the destruction of habitat. Understand that the two authors, a conservative think tank pundit and a Reaganite venture capitalist, come from the extreme right politically. They did feel the need to write a preface to the paperback edition that points out that gasoline had not been priced at $3 a gallon when they wrote the book. This book sometimes reads like a neo-conservative bible rather than a purely scientific text and will be used as justification for the US's consumption of 25% of most sources of energy in the world (gasoline use tops 43%), but its main use will be by debate teams or for Socratic discussions.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780465031177
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
05/28/2006
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
7.98(w) x 5.24(h) x 0.69(d)

Meet the Author


Peter Huber is a Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute's Center for Legal Policy, where he specializes in issues related to technology, science, and law. His previous books include Hard Green, Liability, and Galileo's Revenge. He lives in Bethesda, Maryland.

Mark P. Mills, a founding partner of Digital Power Capital, is a physicist who once served as a staff consultant on technology to the White House Science Office. He lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

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