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Dirty Energy Dilemma: What's Blocking Clean Power in the United States

Dirty Energy Dilemma: What's Blocking Clean Power in the United States

by Benjamin K. Sovacool
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ISBN-13: 2900313355409
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/30/2008
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 1.50(h) x 9.50(d)

About the Author

Benjamin K. Sovacool is Research Fellow in the Energy Governance Program at the Centre on Asia and Globalization in the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. He is Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Government and International Affairs Program at Virginia Polytechnic Institute. He investigated the social impediments to renewable energy systems for the NSF Electric Power Networks Efficiency and Security Program. He has worked in advisory and research capacities at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, the Virginia Center for Coal and Energy Research, and the U.S. Department of Energy's Climate Change Technology Program. He is the co-editor with Marilyn A. Brown of Energy and American Society: Thirteen Myths (2007) and a frequent contributor to such journals as Electricity Journal, Energy Policy, Stanford Environmental Law Journal, and Daedalus.

Table of Contents



Chapter OneThe Big Four Energy Challenges

Chapter TwoThe Big Four Clean Solutions

Chapter ThreeFinancial and Market Impediments

Chapter FourPolitical and Regulatory Obstacles

Chapter FiveCultural and Behavioral Barriers

Chapter SixAesthetic and Environmental Challenges

Chapter SevenThe Big Four Policy Mechanisms

Chapter EightConclusions

What People are Saying About This

Michael Dworkin

"The Dirty Energy Dilemma offers a new insight into America's energy issues. Sovacool takes us past the oft-visited and necessary, but insufficient, questions of hardware and finance and into new terrain. By viewing the electric utility industry as a set of human interests and perceptions, Sovacool adds a vital element: cultural analysis. With a blend of sensitivity and bluntness, recognizing that we have met the enemy and they are us, Sovacool outlines the perceptions—the paradigms—that have tied our minds to old and dirty energy choices. Shining a light on the ways that we have limited our thinking, he opens the chance for us, together, to go beyond our past and into a future that we consciously make far, far, better. We all—as analysts, as technologists, as economists, or as humans—owe Sovacool a thanks for showing us the limits of our thoughts, so we can transcend them in our future."

Dr. David E. Nye

"In this timely work, Benjamin Sovacool explains both the alternative energy possibilities now available and the political, economic, and social impediments that the United States must overcome to create a clean energy society."

Dr. Hermann Scheer

"This is a bold, provocative, and brilliant work that examines why wind, solar, and other clean power technologies have not penetrated the American electricity market, but it also provides a much-needed blueprint for how they could."

Paul Gipe

"This is a book the president and his staff should read. They should give copies to every member of the House and Senate if they're to intelligently vote on energy policy. Insightful, clear, and forceful, Sovacool explains how America's renewable energy policy has been hijacked for 30 years and what we need to do to reclaim it for a safer, cleaner, and more secure country."

Dr. Art Rosenfeld

"An extensively researched, highly accessible, authoritative explanation of the challenges facing the American electric utility sector. The Dirty Energy Dilemma will stimulate debate about its content, and offers inspiration for those who seek to promote more progressive energy policy."

Kishore Mahbubani

"The U.S. wastes more energy from the inefficient production of electricity each year than Japan harnesses for its entire economy. This is just one of the many remarkable revelations in this volume. New energy policies are a global priority. The world desperately needs thinking in this area. This brilliant volume by Benjamin Sovacool will provide new insights and stimulate new debates. Its appearance could not be timelier. It should be read carefully by all, from academics to policymakers, from businessmen to journalists."

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is very well-written and informative. It provides the reader with a lot of information on a topic that not many people are informed on. It is not an easy read for the general public. The middle of the book may become long if the reader is not interested in the topic. I would recommend this book, because it is unbiased and provides a lot of information.
JZ21 More than 1 year ago
The Dirty Energy Dilemma is a book that opens a readers eyes to the necessity of implementing clean power technologies into our nation. This book discusses what technologies will work to ease the energy crisis America is facing. An aspect of the book that I really liked is how Benjamin K. Sovacool looked at every possible obstacle that clean power technologies are facing and what needs to be done to overcome these obstacles. I would recommend this book to anyone that wants to be informed about our current energy situation in the United States. It was written very well and provided facts and statistics that make you go "wow". After reading this book, you feel the sense of urgency that every American should be facing about our energy crisis.