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Energy transitions : history, requirements, prospects

Author: Vaclav Smil
Publisher: Santa Barbara, CA : Praeger, [2010] ©2010
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Describes the history of modern society's dependence on fossil fuels and the prospects for the transition to a nonfossil world. Vaclav Smil makes it clear that this transition will not be accomplished easily, and that it cannot be accomplished within the timetables established by the Obama administration. --from publisher description.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Vaclav Smil
ISBN: 9780313381775 0313381771
OCLC Number: 505017554
Description: ix, 178 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Energy systems : their basic properties --
Global transitions : universal patterns --
National transitions : commonalities and particularities --
Coming transitions : expectations and realities.
Responsibility: Vaclav Smil.

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This bold and controversial argument shows why energy transitions are inherently complex and prolonged affairs, and how ignoring this fact raises unrealistic expectations that the United States and  Read more...

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