Energy at the Crossroads Global Perspectives and Uncertainties

ISBN-10: 0262693240

ISBN-13: 9780262693240

Edition: 2005

Authors: Vaclav Smil

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This text considers the 21st century's crucial question: how to reconcile the modern world's unceasing demand for energy with the absolute necessity to preserve the integrity of the biosphere.
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List price: $23.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 2/11/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 444
Size: 6.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.628
Language: English

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."

Reflections on a Life of Energy Studies
Long-Term Trends and Achievements
A Unique Century
Changing Resource Base
Technical Innovations
The Rising Importance of Electricity
Trading Energy
Consumption Trends
Looking Back and Looking Ahead
Energy Linkages
Energy and the Economy
Deconstructing Energy Intensities
Energy Prices
Real Costs of Energy
Energy and the Quality of Life
Energy and the Environment
Energy and War
Against Forecasting
Falling Endeavors
Conversion Techniques
Primary Energy Requirements
Demand for Electricity
Energy Prices and Intensities
Substitutions of Energy Resources
Complex Models and Realities
Unexpected Happenings
In Favor of Normative Scenarios
Fossil Fuel Futures
Is the Decline of Global Crude Oil Production Imminent?
Different Perspectives on the Oil Era
How Far Can Natural Gas Go?
What Will Be Coal's Role?
Nonfossil Energies
Hydroenergy's Potential and Limits
Biomass Energies
Electricity from Wind
Direct Solar Conversions
How Promising Are Other Renewables?
Infrastructural Changes and the Future Hydrogen Economy
Is There a Future for Nuclear Electricity?
Possible Futures
Efficient Use of Energy
Beyond Higher Efficiency
Energy and the Future of the Biosphere
What Really Matters
What Does, and Does Not, Help
Realities and a Wish List
Units and Abbreviations
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