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Powering the Future: A Scientist's Guide to Energy Independence


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An energy future that works: a realistic, scientifically and economically viable path to an energy-independent future

  • A world-class scientist objectively assesses every leading and emerging energy source, and shows the way towards a sustainable future.
  • Thoughtful, scientifically-supported insights into oil, coal, nuclear, solar, wind, biofuels, and much more.
  • Cuts through energy hype and controversies to deliver information citizens, policymakers, and investors can trust.
  • Description

    • Copyright 2010
    • Dimensions: 6" x 9"
    • Edition: 1st
    • Book
    • ISBN-10: 0-13-704976-5
    • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-704976-9

    Dr. Daniel B. Botkin objectively assesses the true prospects, limitations, costs, risks, dangers, and tradeoffs associated with every leading and emerging source of energy, including oil, natural gas, coal, hydroelectric, nuclear, wind, solar, ocean power, and biofuels. Next, Botkin addresses the energy distribution system, outlining how it currently works, identifying its inefficiencies, and reviewing options for improving it.

    Finally, Botkin turns to solutions, offering a realistic, scientifically and economically viable path to a sustainable, energy-independent future: one that can improve the quality of life for Americans and for people around the world.

    The Future of Fossil Fuels

    What can we realistically expect from oil, gas, and coal?

    Will Alternative Energy Sources Really Matter?

    Running the numbers on solar, wind, biofuels, and other renewables

    Must We All Wear Sweaters and Live in Caves?

    The right role for efficiency--and why energy minimalism isn’t the solution

    Where We Can Start--and What Will Happen if We Don’t

    No magic bullet, but there are sensible, realistic solutions

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    Table of Contents

    Acknowledgments     xiii

    About the Author     xv

    Preface     xvii

    Introduction: Blackout     1

    Section I: Conventional Energy Sources     15

    Chapter 1   Oil     19

    Chapter 2   Natural Gas     37

    Chapter 3   Coal     51

    Chapter 4   Water Power     73

    Chapter 5   Nuclear Power     85

    Section II: New Energy Sources     115

    Chapter 6   Wind Power     119

    Chapter 7   Solar Power     141

    Chapter 8   Ocean Power     163

    Chapter 9   Biofuels     173

    Section III: Designing an Energy System     197

    Chapter 10  Transporting Energy: the Grid, Hydrogen, Batteries, and More     199

    Chapter 11  Transporting Things     211

    Chapter 12  Saving Energy at Home and Finding Energy at Your Feet     227

    Chapter 13  Solutions     245

    Endnotes     279

    Index     313

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