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Author Smil, Vaclav

Title Energy myths and realities : bringing science to the energy policy debate / Vaclav Smil

Publ Info Washington, D.C. : AEI Press, [2010]
Lanham, Md. : Distributed by Rowman & Littlefield
 CCRI-Lincoln  TJ808 .S639 2010    AVAILABLE
 RWU Main Library  TJ808 .S639 2010    AVAILABLE
Descript xiv, 213 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
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Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 177-195) and index
Contents Introduction -- The future belongs to electric cars -- Nuclear electricity will be too cheap to meter -- Soft-energy illusions -- Running out: peak oil and its meaning -- Sequestration of carbon dioxide -- Liquid fuels from plants -- Electricity from wind -- The pace of energy transitions -- Conclusion: lessons and policy implications
Note 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 carbon emissions. Myth: Electric cars will replace conventional automobiles in the near future. Reality: Electric cars are expensive, their adoption rate will be slow, and internal combustion engines will dominate the market for decades to come. These are just a few of the misconceptions about the future of global energy often presented as facts by the media, politicians, business leaders, activists, and even scientists--wasting time and money and hampering the development of progressive energy policies. Energy Myths and Realities: Bringing Science to the Energy Policy Debate debunks the most common fallacies to make way for a constructive, scientific approach to addressing the global energy challenge. When will the world run out of oil? Should nuclear energy be adopted on a larger scale? Are ethanol and wind power viable sources of energy for the future? Vaclav Smil advises the public to be wary of exaggerated claims and impossible promises. The global energy transition will be prolonged and expensive and hinges on the development of an extensive new infrastructure. Traditional energy sources and established energy conversions are persistent and adaptable enough to see the world through the transition. Energy Myths and Realities brings a scientific perspective to an issue often dominated by groundless assertions, unfounded claims, and uncritical thinking. Before we can create sound energy policies for the future, we must renounce the popular myths that cloud our judgment and impede true progress
LC subject Renewable energy sources
Energy policy
ISBN 9780844743288 (hardcover)
0844743283 (hardcover)