Energy for Future Presidents The Science Behind the Headlines

ISBN-10: 0393345106

ISBN-13: 9780393345100

Edition: 2013

List price: $17.95 Buy it from $1.81
30 day, 100% satisfaction guarantee

If an item you ordered from TextbookRush does not meet your expectations due to an error on our part, simply fill out a return request and then return it by mail within 30 days of ordering it for a full refund of item cost.

Learn more about our returns policy


The near meltdown of Fukushima, the upheavals in the Middle East, the BP oil spill, and the looming reality of global warming have reminded the president and all U.S. citizens that nothing has more impact on our lives than the supply and demand for energy. Its procurement dominates our economy and foreign policy more than any other factor. But the “energy question” is more confusing, contentious, and complicated than ever before. We need to know if nuclear power will ever really be safe. We need to know if solar and wind power will ever really be viable. And we desperately need to know if the natural gas deposits in Pennsylvania are a windfall of historic proportions or a false alarm that will create more problems than solutions. Richard A. Muller provides the answers in this must-read manual for our energy priorities now and in the coming years.
Used Starting from $3.48
New Starting from $15.50
what's this?
Rush Rewards U
Members Receive:
You have reached 400 XP and carrot coins. That is the daily max!
Study Briefs

Limited time offer: Get the first one free! (?)

All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.

Add to cart
Study Briefs
Periodic Table Online content $4.95 $1.99
Add to cart
Study Briefs
Periodic Table Online content $4.95 $1.99
Customers also bought

Book details

List price: $17.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/22/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 5.45" wide x 8.25" long x 0.84" tall
Weight: 0.902
Language: English

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).

Energy Catastrophes
Radioactive Release
Radioactivity and Death
The Denver Dose
Bottom Line: What Should We Do?
The Gulf Oil Spill
The Deepwater Horizon Accident
Iatrogenic Disease
Global Warming and Climate Change
A Brief Introduction to Global Warming
Tipping Points
Local Variability
Polar Warming
The Hockey Stick
Sea Level Rise
Assuming It Is a Threat-Can We Stop Global Warming?
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
Hubert's Peak
Shale Oil
Energy Productivity
Invest for a 17.8% Annual Return, Tax-Free, with No Risk
Invest for a 209% Annual Return, Tax-Free, with No Risk
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
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
CdTe (Cadmium Telluride)
CIGS (Copper Indium Gallium Selenide)
Multijunction Cells
Solar-Cell Summary
Energy Storage
The Physics and Chemistry of Batteries
The Future of Batteries
Bottled Wind: Compressed-Air Energy Storage (CAES)
Hydrogen and Fuel Cells
Natural Gas
The Coming Explosion of Nuclear Power
Blowing Up
Small Modular Nuclear Reactors
Running Out of Uranium?
Fukushima Deaths
Nuclear Waste Storage
The Coming Nuclear Explosion
NIF, the National Ignition Facility
Beam Fusion
Muon Fusion
Cold Fusion
Ethanol from Corn
Biodegradable Is Bad?
Ethanol from Cellulose
Ethanol from Algae
Synfuel and High-Tech Fossil Fuels
Coal Bed Methane
Coal Bed Gasification
Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR)
Oil Sands
Alternative Alternatives: Hydrogen, Geothermal, Tidal, and Wave Power
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
Hybrids and Plug-in Hybrids
Key Considerations
Global Warming and China
More on Energy Productivity
Electric Power Grid and Venture Capitalism
Energy Catastrophes
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
Free shipping on orders over $35*

*A minimum purchase of $35 is required. Shipping is provided via FedEx SmartPost® and FedEx Express Saver®. Average delivery time is 1 – 5 business days, but is not guaranteed in that timeframe. Also allow 1 - 2 days for processing. Free shipping is eligible only in the continental United States and excludes Hawaii, Alaska and Puerto Rico. FedEx service marks used by permission."Marketplace" orders are not eligible for free or discounted shipping.

Learn more about the TextbookRush Marketplace.