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The Great Transition: Shifting from Fossil Fuels to Solar and Wind Power

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The great energy transition from fossil fuels to renewable sources of energy is under way.
As oil insecurity deepens, the extraction risks of fossil fuels rise, and concerns about climate instability cast a shadow over the future of coal, a new world energy economy is emerging. The old economy, fueled by oil, natural gas, and coal is being replaced with one powered by wind, solar, and geothermal energy.
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Overview

The great energy transition from fossil fuels to renewable sources of energy is under way.
As oil insecurity deepens, the extraction risks of fossil fuels rise, and concerns about climate instability cast a shadow over the future of coal, a new world energy economy is emerging. The old economy, fueled by oil, natural gas, and coal is being replaced with one powered by wind, solar, and geothermal energy.
The Great Transition details the accelerating pace of this global energy revolution. As many countries become less enamored with coal and nuclear power, they are embracing an array of clean, renewable energies. Whereas solar energy projects were once small-scale, largely designed for residential use, energy investors are now building utility-scale solar projects. Strides are being made: some of the huge wind farm complexes under construction in China will each produce as much electricity as several nuclear power plants, and an electrified transport system supplemented by the use of bicycles could reshape the way we think about mobility.

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As the climate changes, global energy prospects change too. Waning supplies of oil, the destabilizing forces of dirty fossil fuels and coal, and the dangers of nuclear power have all become harbingers of the revolution described in this new book. That great transition, already underway, is replacing old power sources with new, cleaner ones. As the authors of this trade paperback note, the shift from fossil fuels to wind, solar, and geothermal energy holds implications for all of us. A hopeful, timely book.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393350555
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/26/2015
  • Pages: 192

Meet the Author

Lester R. Brownis the founder of the Earth Policy and Worldwatch Institutes. He has been honored with numerous prizes, including a MacArthur Fellowship, the United Nations Environment Prize, and twenty-five honorary degrees. He lives in Washington, D.C.

Janet Larsen is an author and the director of research for Earth Policy Institute. She has written on topics ranging from natural resources availability to population growth and climate change. Prior to the creation of Earth Policy Institute, Janet worked at Worldwatch Institute, providing research support for State of the World and contributing to Vital Signs.

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