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America's energy future : technology and transformation

Author: National Academy of Engineering. Committee on America's Energy Future.
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : National Academies Press, ©2009.
Series: America's energy future series.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Energy touches our lives in countless ways and its costs are felt when we fill up at the gas pump, pay our home heating bills, and keep businesses both large and small running. There are long-term costs as well: to the environment, as natural resources are depleted and pollution contributes to global climate change, and to national security and independence, as many of the world's current energy sources are  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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America's energy future.
Washington, D.C. : National Academies Press, ©2009
(DLC) 2009029730
(OCoLC)429227086
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: National Academy of Engineering. Committee on America's Energy Future.
ISBN: 9780309116039 0309116031 9780309116022 0309116023 1282454854 9781282454859
DOI: 10.17226/12091
OCLC Number: 609649715
Description: 1 online resource (xxiv, 711 pages) : illustrations (some color), maps (some color).
Contents: Context and challenges --
Key findings --
Key results from technology assessments --
Energy efficiency --
Alternative transportation fuels --
Renewable energy --
Fossil-fuel energy --
Nuclear energy --
Electricity transmission and distribution --
Appendixes.
Series Title: America's energy future series.
Responsibility: Committee on America's Energy Future, National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, National Research Council of the National Academies.

Abstract:

"Energy touches our lives in countless ways and its costs are felt when we fill up at the gas pump, pay our home heating bills, and keep businesses both large and small running. There are long-term costs as well: to the environment, as natural resources are depleted and pollution contributes to global climate change, and to national security and independence, as many of the world's current energy sources are increasingly concentrated in geopolitically unstable regions. The country's challenge is to develop an energy portfolio that addresses these concerns while still providing sufficient, affordable energy reserves for the nation. The United States has enormous resources to put behind solutions to this energy challenge; the dilemma is to identify which solutions are the right ones. Before deciding which energy technologies to develop, and on what timeline, we need to understand them better. America's Energy Future analyzes the potential of a wide range of technologies for generation, distribution, and conservation of energy. This book considers technologies to increase energy efficiency, coal-fired power generation, nuclear power, renewable energy, oil and natural gas, and alternative transportation fuels. It offers a detailed assessment of the associated impacts and projected costs of implementing each technology and categorizes them into three time frames for implementation."--Publisher's description.
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