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The Final Energy Crisis

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This book explores the crisis in fossil fuels. Oil, gas and coal are precious resources that define modern life. Without them, mass-produced food and clothing, and international travel and cars, become rare or impossible. Yet our reliance on fossil fuels is responsible for massive environmental damage, and increasing economic and political instability. Control over oil resources has been a major factor in several wars. The price of oil is also key to world economic stability. Yet our supply of oil is limited. As ...

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Overview

This book explores the crisis in fossil fuels. Oil, gas and coal are precious resources that define modern life. Without them, mass-produced food and clothing, and international travel and cars, become rare or impossible. Yet our reliance on fossil fuels is responsible for massive environmental damage, and increasing economic and political instability. Control over oil resources has been a major factor in several wars. The price of oil is also key to world economic stability. Yet our supply of oil is limited. As with other fossil fuels, the more we burn, the more damage we do – the number one cause behind global warming is the increase in carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels.The international range of contributors to this book provide a truly global perspective on the dangers inherent in our over-consumption of oil, gas and coal. They explore detailed evidence of the imminent acceleration of fossil fuel depletion and the limits of ‘sustainability’. They outline the political background to the situation, not just among the world’s largest consumers of fossil fuel, the US and China, but also in Europe and the developing world. Considering our future economic survival, they include a detailed examination of France and Australia. Finally, they explore the extreme costs of alternatives such as nuclear power, and outline other possible lifestyles and methods.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745320922
  • Publisher: Pluto Press
  • Publication date: 4/6/2005
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.15 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew McKillop has undertaken professional research missions on energy, has administered energy projects, or worked as a manager or consultant for organisations including Canada Science Council, Papua New Guinea Government, ILO, European Commission, Organisation of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries, Indian Staff College, UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and S Pacific, World Bank. He has had numerous articles published on energy in The Ecologist, New Scientist, International Journal of Energy Research, Journal of ILO, Le Monde Diplomatique .

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Table of Contents

Introduction

1: Depleting Energy and Bioresources, The Energy Key

Prediction of World Peak Oil Production by Seppo A. Korpela

Assessment and Importance of Oil Depletion by Colin J. Campbell

Farming and Food Production Under Regimes of Climate Change by Edward R.D. Goldsmith

The Laws of Energy by Jacob Fisker

2: Regional Foci and Pressure Points

The Caspian Chimera by Colin J. Campbell

The Dark Continent, Black Gold by Andrew McKillop

Battle of the Titans by Mark Jones

French Nuclear Power and the Glo Mark

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