The End of Energy Obesity: Breaking Todays Energy Addiction for a Prosperous and Secure Tomorrow

Overview

Is it any wonder that our energy needs are so great? Nearlyeverything that defines our way of life requires energy-consumingdevices, from cars, planes, trains, and air conditioning to lightsand computers. And our global appetite for energy keeps growing aspopulation and wealth obliges consumption on an unfathomable scale.

Over the years, we've made our devices more efficient, only tofind, ironically, that it's made us consume even more energy. We'veperiodically cut back our ...

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Overview

Is it any wonder that our energy needs are so great? Nearlyeverything that defines our way of life requires energy-consumingdevices, from cars, planes, trains, and air conditioning to lightsand computers. And our global appetite for energy keeps growing aspopulation and wealth obliges consumption on an unfathomable scale.

Over the years, we've made our devices more efficient, only tofind, ironically, that it's made us consume even more energy. We'veperiodically cut back our energy use only to revert back to badhabits. We've added more renewables only to find that fossil fuelsstill dominate. Now we are energy obese. How can the world reduceits energy appetite and change its diet of fuels for a prosperousand secure tomorrow?

In The End of Energy Obesity, energy expert andbestselling author Peter Tertzakian explores solutions to thisquestion by analyzing the role of technology and circumstance onour energy use. Throughout the book, Tertzakian focuses on the mostpractical options that provide the highest leverage for resolvingour energy problems and reveals how evolving habits, lifestyles,mind-sets, and innovations—that might seem improbablenow—will help curb our insatiable energy appetite.

Divided into three comprehensive parts—The Making of OurEnergy Appetite, Elusive Solutions, and Thinking Out of theBox—The End of Energy Obesity:

  • Examines what Tertzakian calls the First Principle of EnergyConsumption, the powerful 6,000-year-old connection betweenincreases in wealth, standard of living, and energy use. Can thisprinciple be broken?
  • Explains why conventional strategies and policies forresolving our energy problems are lacking, and discusses howsocieties are vulnerable to three harmful effects of energyobesity. Should we be treating the symptoms or the cause?
  • Probes into where the greatest leverage lies for mitigatingsociety's energy-related problems, and shows how surprisinglypowerful technological trends will reshape our energy appetite anddiet—sooner than you may think!

Filled with in-depth insights and practical advice, The Endof Energy Obesity puts the world's serious energy issues inperspective, exposes misconceptions, and introduces us to the newtechnologies that, in the next ten years, will reshape ourlifestyles and, for the very first time, make it possible todecrease our overall energy consumption while increasing wealth andthe standard of living. The future of energy is likely to surpriseyou.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470435441
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 6/29/2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

PETER TERTZAKIAN is Chief Energy Economist of ARC Financial Corporation and bestselling author of A Thousand Barrels a Second: The Coming Oil Break Point and the Challenges Facing an Energy Dependent World. Passionate about the history and direction of energy in society, Tertzakian blends three decades of experience in geophysics, economics, technology, and finance to analyze energy trends. Over the years, his prescient advice to corporate leaders, policymakers, and students has earned him many accolades for his work, including an asteroid in his name. Always questioning the consensus view, Tertzakian writes a weekly journal, is often quoted or seen in the media (including an appearance on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart), and is a sought-after speaker at events around the world.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments.

Introduction.

PART I THE MAKING OF OUR ENERGY APPETITE.

Chapter 1 After the Banquet.

Chapter 2 Whetting the Energy Appetite.

Chapter 3 The First Principle of Energy Consumption.

Chapter 4 The World’s Factory.

PART II ELUSIVE SOLUTIONS.

Chapter 5 Breaking Our Energy Diet.

Chapter 6 Price and Value.

Chapter 7 Eating Our Efficiencies.

Chapter 8 Complex Carbons.

Chapter 9 The Maddening Allure of the First Principle.

PART III THINKING OUT OF THE BOX.

Chapter 10 The Asymmetry Principle.

Chapter 11 Beyond Nostalgia.

Chapter 12 Conservation 2.0.

Chapter 13 Dissolving Distance.

Chapter 14 A Low-Carb, Highly-Scalable Diet.

Chapter 15 The Energy Health Craze.

Epilogue: Leadership on the Commons.

Notes.

Glossary.

Bibliography.

About the Author.

Index.

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