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The Resource Energy myths and realities : bringing science to the energy policy debate, Vaclav Smil

Energy myths and realities : bringing science to the energy policy debate, Vaclav Smil

Label
Energy myths and realities : bringing science to the energy policy debate
Title
Energy myths and realities
Title remainder
bringing science to the energy policy debate
Statement of responsibility
Vaclav Smil
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Myth: New energy sources and technical innovations will eliminate the need for fossil fuels within a few decades. Reality: Comprehensive energy transitions take several generations. Myth: Carbon sequestration is the solution to global climate change. Reality: Because of its costs, technical challenges, and problems with social acceptance, carbon sequestration will not be able to prevent further substantial rise in carbon emissions. Myth: Electric cars will replace conventional automobiles in the near future. Reality: Electric cars are expensive, their adoption rate will be slow, and internal combustion engines will dominate the market for decades to come. These are just a few of the misconceptions about the future of global energy often presented as facts by the media, politicians, business leaders, activists, and even scientists--wasting time and money and hampering the development of progressive energy policies. Energy Myths and Realities: Bringing Science to the Energy Policy Debate debunks the most common fallacies to make way for a constructive, scientific approach to addressing the global energy challenge. When will the world run out of oil? Should nuclear energy be adopted on a larger scale? Are ethanol and wind power viable sources of energy for the future? Vaclav Smil advises the public to be wary of exaggerated claims and impossible promises. The global energy transition will be prolonged and expensive and hinges on the development of an extensive new infrastructure. Traditional energy sources and established energy conversions are persistent and adaptable enough to see the world through the transition. Energy Myths and Realities brings a scientific perspective to an issue often dominated by groundless assertions, unfounded claims, and uncritical thinking. Before we can create sound energy policies for the future, we must renounce the popular myths that cloud our judgment and impede true progress
Cataloging source
N$T
Dewey number
333.79/4
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
TJ808
LC item number
.S639 2010eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Label
Energy myths and realities : bringing science to the energy policy debate, Vaclav Smil
Link
http://link.overdrive.com/?websiteID=285&titleID=569460
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Introduction -- The future belongs to electric cars -- Nuclear electricity will be too cheap to meter -- Soft-energy illusions -- Running out: peak oil and its meaning -- Sequestration of carbon dioxide -- Liquid fuels from plants -- Electricity from wind -- The pace of energy transitions -- Conclusion: lessons and policy implications
Control code
ocn707078815
Extent
1 online resource (xiv, 213 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780844743455
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
c
Other physical details
illustrations, maps.
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
6BFFB0B6-CF66-4D81-A56D-E3ED79268A4F
System control number
(OCoLC)707078815
Label
Energy myths and realities : bringing science to the energy policy debate, Vaclav Smil
Link
http://link.overdrive.com/?websiteID=285&titleID=569460
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Introduction -- The future belongs to electric cars -- Nuclear electricity will be too cheap to meter -- Soft-energy illusions -- Running out: peak oil and its meaning -- Sequestration of carbon dioxide -- Liquid fuels from plants -- Electricity from wind -- The pace of energy transitions -- Conclusion: lessons and policy implications
Control code
ocn707078815
Extent
1 online resource (xiv, 213 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780844743455
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
c
Other physical details
illustrations, maps.
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
6BFFB0B6-CF66-4D81-A56D-E3ED79268A4F
System control number
(OCoLC)707078815

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