Energy Transitions History, Requirements, Prospects

ISBN-10: 0313381771

ISBN-13: 9780313381775

Edition: 2010

Authors: Vaclav Smil

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This bold and controversial argument shows why energy transitions are inherently complex and prolonged affairs, and how ignoring this fact raises unrealistic expectations that the United States and other global economies can be weaned quickly from a primary dependency on fossil fuels.
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Book details

List price: $64.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, LLC
Publication date: 5/26/2010
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 178
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990

Robert Pollin is Professor of Economics and Codirector of the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He has served as a consultant on energy and the economy for a wide range of organizations and institutions, including the U.S. Department of Energy, the International Labour Organization, the United Nations Industrial Development Program (UNIDO), and numerous non-governmental organizations. He is author of Back to Full Employment (MIT Press), also in the Boston Review series, and Contours of Descent: U.S. Economic Fractures and the Landscape of Austerity.Vaclav Smil is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Manitoba. He is the author of more than thirty books, including <I>Harvesting the Biosphere: What We Have Taken from Nature</I> and, most recently, <I>Made in the USA: The Rise and Retreat of American Manufacturing,</I> both published by the MIT Press. In 2010 he was named by <I>Foreign Policy</I> as one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers. In 2013 Bill Gates wrote on his website that "there is no author whose books I look forward to more than Vaclav Smil."

The Book's Raison d'�tre
Energy Systems: Their Basic Properties
Resources and Prime Movers
Conversions and Uses
Infrastructures and Impacts
Energy Transitions
Global Transitions: Universal Patterns
Grand Fuel Sequence: From Biomass to Coal and Hydrocarbons
A New Quality: Generation of Electricity
History of Prime Movers: From Muscles to Machines
Quantifying the Transitions: Uncertainties and Trends
National Transitions: Commonalities and Particularities
European Experience: Britain, France, and the Netherlands
U.S. Transitions: The Consuming Superpower
Japan and China: The Asian Leaders
New Energy Superpowers: Russia and Saudi Arabia
Coming Transitions: Expectations and Realities
Renewable Energies: Resources, Conversions, and Constraints
Pace of Transitions: Innovation, Infrastructures, and Inertia
National Aspirations: Goals and Realities
Cautious Anticipations: Trends and Possibilities
Appendix
References
Index
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