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

Author: Vaclav Smil
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : AEI Press ; Lanham, Md. : Distributed by Rowman & Littlefield, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Vaclav Smil
ISBN: 9780844743288 0844743283
OCLC Number: 569495528
Awards: Winner of Foreign Policy's Top 100 Global Thinker.
Description: xiv, 213 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: Lost opportunities ; Persistent myths ; Challenging the myths --
pt. I: Lessons from the past : 1. The future belongs to electric cars ; Electric- versus gasoline-powered cars ; Recent history of electric cars ; Recent electric models ; Electric cars and the supply of electricity ; More efficient gasoline engines --
2. Nuclear electricity will be too cheap to meter : Peaceful uses of nuclear fusion ; Retreat from nuclear power ; Hope for Fast Breeder Reactors ; New case for nuclear energy ; Successful failure --
3. Soft-energy illusions : Advantages of soft energy ; Soft energy today ; The hypercar ; Other soft-energy dreams ; Soft energy in China ; The "perfect" solution ; The future of soft and small approaches. pt. II: Myths in the headlines : 4. Running out: peak oil and its meaning : Predictions of peak oil production ; Untapped resources ; Nonconventional oil reserves ; Production, demand, and prices ; Countering the claims of Peak-Oilers --
5. Sequestration of carbon dioxide : Organic approaches ; Technical fixes ; The energy penalty on sequestration --
6. Liquid fuels from plants : Liquid fuels for transportation ; Corn-based ethanol ; Sugar cane-based ethanol ; Impacts of ethanol production ; Cellulosic ethanol, "a huge new source of energy" ; Biofuels, an inappropriate solution --
7. Electricity from wind : Evolution of wind power ; Estimated potential wind power ; Key constraints of wind power ; Realizing the potential of wind power --
8. The pace of energy transitions : Present realities ; Past transitions ; Why energy transitions are gradual ; The repowering challenge ; False analogy --
Conclusion: lessons and policy implications : Electric vehicles ; Nuclear power ; Soft-energy conversions ; Peak oil ; Carbon sequestration ; Crop-based ethanol ; Wind-powered electricity generation ; Energy transitions ; A quick summation.
Responsibility: Vaclav Smil.
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