Energy for Future Presidents The Science Behind the Headlines

ISBN-10: 0393081613

ISBN-13: 9780393081619

Edition: 2012

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The near-meltdown ofFukushima, the upheavals in the Middle East, the BP oil rig explosion, and thelooming reality of global warming have reminded the president and all U.S.citizens that nothing has more impact on our lives than the supply of anddemand for energy. Its procurement dominates our economy and foreign policymore than any other factor. But the energy question is more confusing,contentious, and complicated than ever before. We need to know if nuclear powerwill ever really be safe. We need to know if solar and wind power will everreally be viable. And we desperately need to know if the natural gas depositsin Pennsylvania are a windfall of historic proportions or a false hope thatwill create more problems than solutions. Richard A. Muller provides all theanswers in this must-read guide to our energy priorities now and in the comingyears.
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Book details

List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/6/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 368
Size: 5.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.430

Richard A. Muller is professor of physics at the University of California, Berkeley, and a past winner of the MacArthur Fellowship. He is the author of "Nemesis" (Weidenfeld & Nicholson) and "Physics for Future Presidents" (Norton).

Acknowledgments
Preface
Introduction
Energy Catastrophes
Fukushima
Meltdown
Radioactive Release
Radioactivity and Death
The Denver Dose
Bottom Line: What Should We Do?
The Gulf Oil Spill
The Deepwater Horizon Accident
Damage
Iatrogenic Disease
Global Warming and Climate Change
A Brief Introduction to Global Warming
Tipping Points
Local Variability
Hurricanes
Tornadoes
Polar Warming
The Hockey Stick
Sea Level Rise
Assuming It Is a Threat-Can We Stop Global Warming?
Geoengineering
The Global-Warming Controversy
The Energy Landscape
Recycled Energy
Energy Security
The Natural-Gas Windfall
Fracking and Horizontal Drilling
Shale Gas Reserves
Ocean Methane
Liquid Energy Security
Hubbert's Peak
Shale Oil
Energy Productivity
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Government Energy Productivity Policy
Other Great Investments
Cool Roofs
More Efficient Autos
Energy-Efficient Refrigerators
The McKinsey Chart
Feel-Good Measures That Don't Necessarily Work
Buses
Recycling Paper
Power Blackouts
The Smart Grid
A Case Study: Smart Meters in California
Alternative Energy
Solar Surge
The Physics of Sunlight
Solar Thermal
Photovoltaic Cells
Silicon
CdTe (Cadmium Telluride)
CIGS (Copper Indium Gallium Selenide)
Multijunction Cells
Solar-Cell Summary
Wind
Energy Storage
Batteries
The Physics and Chemistry of Batteries
The Future of Batteries
Bottled Wind: Compressed-Air Energy Storage (CAES)
Flywheels
Supercapacitors
Hydrogen and Fuel Cells
Natural Gas
The Coming Explosion of Nuclear Power
Blowing Up
Cost
Small Modular Nuclear Reactors
Running Out of Uranium?
Fukushima Deaths
Nuclear Waste Storage
The Coming Nuclear Explosion
Fusion
Tokamak
NIF, the National Ignition Facility
Beam Fusion
Muon Fusion
Cold Fusion
Biofuels
Ethanol from Corn
Biodegradable Is Bad?
Pseudo-biofuels
Ethanol from Cellulose
Ethanol from Algae
Synfuel and High-Tech Fossil Fuels
Synfuel
Coal Bed Methane
Coal Bed Gasification
Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR)
Oil Sands
Alternative Alternatives: Hydrogen, Geothermal, Tidal, and Wave Power
Hydrogen
Geothermal
Tidal Power
Wave Power
Electric Automobiles
The Electric Auto Fad
Tesla Roadster
Chevy Volt
Nissan Leaf
Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles
Lead-Acid Batteries
Recharge Time
Effective Miles per Gallon
Ordinary Hybrids
Battery Challenges
Natural-Gas Automobiles
Fuel Cells
Clean Coal
What is Energy?
The Properties of Energy
Energy in Foods, Fuels, and Objects
Is Energy a Thing?
The Meaning of Energy
Energy as Taught to High School Students and College Freshmen
Energy as Taught to Sophomores
Energy as Taught to Juniors
Energy as Taught to Seniors and Graduates
The Beauty of Energy
Advice for Future Presidents
Energy Technology Policy
Energy Productivity
Natural Gas
Shale Oil
Synfuel
Hybrids and Plug-in Hybrids
Nuclear
Key Considerations
Global Warming and China
More on Energy Productivity
Electric Power Grid and Venture Capitalism
Subsidies
Energy Catastrophes
Beware
Beware of Fads
Beware of Risk-Benefit Calculations
Beware of the Precautionary Principle
Beware of Optimism Bias and Skepticism Bias
Beware of Aphorisms
Your Legacy
Notes
Credits
Index
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