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ISBN-13 9780132598521ISBN-10 0132598523
ISBN-10 0137049765ISBN-13 9780137049769
Author(s): Daniel B. Botkin
Publisher: FT Press
Copyright year: © 2010 Pages: 352

The future of our civilization depends upon the continuous availability of enough energy to support the societies we build and live in. But we're approaching the practical limits of some of the sources of energy we've come to depend on most. What should be done about this? Few issues are as controversial. In Powering the Future, a leading scientist cuts through the controversy, presenting the facts about our energy needs, desires, and supplies and the environmental and human effects of obtaining and using energy. 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 the options available for improving it. Finally, he turns to solutions, offering a realistic, scientifically and economically viable path to a sustainable, energy-independent future: one that can support an improving quality of life for Americans, and for people around the world. Simply put, Powering the Future brings together the objective information that citizens and their elected representatives need to make energy decisions that are rational, economically sensible, and environmentally sound.