Energy Myths and Realities Bringing Science to the Energy Policy Debate

ISBN-10: 0844743283

ISBN-13: 9780844743288

Edition: 2010

Authors: Vaclav Smil

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List price: $42.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
Publication date: 8/16/2010
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 232
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.298
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."

List of Figures
Key to Units of Measure
Lost Opportunities
Persistent Myths
Challenging the Myths
Lessons from the Past
The Future Belongs to Electric Cars
Electric-versus Gasoline-Powered Cars
Recent History of Electric Cars
Recent Electric Models
Electric Cars and the Supply of Electricity
More Efficient Gasoline Engines
Nuclear Electricity Will Be Too Cheap to Meter
Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Fission
Retreat from Nuclear Power
Hope for Fast Breeder Reactors
New Case for Nuclear Energy
Successful Failure
Soft-Energy Illusions
Advantages of Soft Energy
Soft Energy Today
The Hypercar
Other Soft-Energy Dreams
Soft Energy in China
The "Perfect" Solution
The Future of Soft and Small Approaches
Myths in the Headlines
Running Out: Peak Oil and Its Meaning
Predictions of Peak Oil Production
Untapped Resources
Nonconventional Oil Reserves
Production, Demand, and Prices
Countering the Claims of Peak-Oilers
Sequestration of Carbon Dioxide
Organic Approaches
Technical Fixes
The Energy Penalty on Sequestration
Liquid Fuels from Plants
Liquid Fuels for Transportation
Corn-Based Ethanol
Sugar Cane-Based Ethanol
Impacts of Ethanol Production
Cellulosic Ethanol, "A Huge New Source of Energy"
Biofuels, An Inappropriate Solution
Electricity From Wind
Evolution of Wind Power
Estimated Potential of Wind Power
Key Constraints on Wind Power
Realizing the Potential of Wind Power
The Pace of Energy Transitions
Present Realities
Past Transitions
Why Energy Transitions Are Gradual
The Repowering Challenge
False Analogy
Conclusion: Lessons and Policy Implications
Electric Vehicles
Nuclear Power
Soft-Energy Conversions
Peak Oil
Carbon Sequestration
Crop-Based Ethanol
Wind-Powered Electricity Generation
Energy Transitions
A Quick Summation
About the Author
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