xix, 394 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
9781586487898 alkaline paper 1586487892 alkaline paper
Another contrarian assessment of America's energy situation--and the gulf between the goals of the green movement and our vast need for power--by the author of Gusher of Lies. Armed with fully footnoted facts and revealing graphics, Bryce explains why most of the hype about renewable energy and "green" technology is just that--hype. He shows why renewable sources like wind and solar are not "green" and why they cannot provide the scale of energy that the world demands. He negates the notion that the US wastes huge amounts of energy. Indeed, the facts show that over the past three decades the US has been among the world's best at reducing its energy intensity, carbon intensity, and per-capita energy use. He goes on to skewer electric cars, T. Boone Pickens, and Denmark as an "energy smart" model, and explains what will really be needed to transform the global energy sector.--From publisher description.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Power tripping 101 Happy talk Watt's the big deal? (Power tripping 102) Wood to coal to oil : the slow pace of energy transitions Coal hard facts If oil didn't exist, we'd have to invent it Twenty-seven Saudi Arabias per day Myth : wind and solar are "green" Myth : wind power reduces CO[subscript]2 emissions Myth : Denmark provides an energy model for the United States Myth : T. Boone Pickens has a plan (or a clue) Myth : wind power reduces the need for natural gas Myth : going "green" will reduce imports of strategic commodities and create "green" jobs Myth : the United States lags in energy efficiency Myth : the United States can cut CO[subscript]2 emissions by 80 percent by 2050, and carbon capture and sequestration can help achieve that goal Myth : taxing carbon dioxide will work Myth : oil is dirty Myth : cellulosic ethanol can scale up and cut U.S. oil imports Myth : electric cars are the next big thing Myth : we can replace coal with wood Why N2N? and why now? (the megatrends favoring natural gas and nuclear) A very short history of American natural gas and regulatory stupidity It's a gas, gas, gas : welcome to the "gas factory" America's secret google Gas pains Nuclear goes beyond green A smashing idea for nuclear waste Future nukes Rethinking "green" and a few other suggestions Toward cheap, abundant energy.