Energy in America A Tour of Our Fossil Fuel Culture and Beyond

ISBN-10: 1584656409
ISBN-13: 9781584656401
Edition: 2008
Authors: Ingrid Kelley
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List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: University Press of New England
Publication date: 12/31/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.924
Language: English

Scientists tell us we need to cut carbon emissions immediately to forestall effects of global warming. Reducing fossil fuel use is the key, and energy experts are hard at work devising solutions. Engineers create remarkable clean energy technologies. Energy policy analysts invent carbon credits and renewable portfolio standards. Fossil energy industrialists promise new, "clean" technology. Renewable energy industrialists compete to develop the magic bullet for transportation fuel or power generation. Every idea is designed to change the nation's energy sector to one that is clean and sustainable for the future. But what is this energy sector we have and how did it come about? Design professionals, planners, elected officials, and community leaders are under tremendous pressure to find solutions to climate change. They need a broader view of America's relationship with energy to gain perspective on how new ideas might work. Energy in America tells this story, emphasizing that energy use has always been based on cultural factors as well as technology. Energy in America relates how coal, oil and natural gas built the nation from its beginning and created today's consumer culture. It continues with the rise of the electric utility industry and its influence on American society. Finally, it explores the 1970s, when America woke to conservation and efficiency, and the renewable energy industries were born. It concludes with a look at the future possibilities for community energy planning and current trends in sustainable energy policy. The book features a comprehensive energy timeline from 1775 to the present. Each chapter provides primary web sources, and the book contains a complete index.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Fossil Fuels
Coal: The King
Oil: King of the Road
Natural Gas: Modern Miracle
Uranium and Nuclear Power
The Electricity Grid
Efficiency and Conservation: The Science and Art of Using Less Renewable Energy
Solar Energy
Wind Power
Biomass Energy Sources
Other Non-Fossil Energy Sources
Community Energy and Sustainability
Energy and Smart Growth Planning
Clean Energy Policy and the Government Role
Energy Connections to Sustainability Goals
Timeline: Seven Generations of Fossil Fuels
Glossary of Electricity Terms
Index

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