|Publisher:||American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research|
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About the Author
Table of ContentsList of Figures
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Part I: Lessons from the Past
Chapter 1: The Future Belongs to Electric Cars
Chapter 2: Nuclear Electricity Will Be Too Cheap to Meter
Chapter 3: Soft Energy Illusions
Part II: Myths in the Headlines
Chapter 4: Running Out: Peak Oil and Its Meaning
Chapter 5: Sequestration of Carbon Dioxide
Chapter 6: Liquid Fuels from Plants
Chapter 7: Electricity from Wind
Chapter 8: The Pace of Engery Transitions
Conclusion: Lessons and Policy Implications
About the Author
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Vaclav Smil is a giant among energy scientists and historians. In this book, he explains why fossil fuels remain dominant, why it is so hard to scale up wind and solar technologies, and why nuclear power, despite having been over-hyped in the past, is one of our best hopes for meeting future energy needs and dealing with global warming.
Vaclav Smil is a master thinker about the master resource of energy. A multidisciplinarian, Smil combines basic economics, technological understanding, and historical insight to skewer false energy visions. Energy reality, he reminds us, is determined by the free marketplace, not by words or wishes.
I recommend this book to everyone who spends time working on energy issues – not to cheer them up but to help them have a stronger framework for evaluating energy promises.
Investment opportunities into new energy sources and related conversion techniques are, at times, molded by preconceived ideas that can sometimes lead to excessively positive and unjustifiably enthusiastic expectations. By criticizing the assorted myths and misconceptions surrounding energy innovations, Vaclav Smil provides readers with refreshing insights which are often missing in today's energy policy debates.
Energy is both a technical topic and a political one; all too often, the political claims and assertions get far more play than sober technical reality. In Energy Myths and Realities, Vaclav Smil does a brilliant job of examining the crazy quilt of claims and assertions about energy. With great wit and simple, clear arguments, he shows that most of the wild claims we hear-in all directions-have no basis in reality.