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The Powers That Be: Global Energy for the Twenty-first Century and Beyond
The Powers That Be: Global Energy for the Twenty-first Century and Beyond Scott L. Montgomery 0226535002 9780226535005 Thirty years ago, our global energy landscape did not look remarkably different from what it does today. Three or four decades from
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The Powers That Be: Global Energy for the Twenty-first Century and Beyond by Scott L. Montgomery

Thirty years ago, our global energy landscape did not look remarkably different from what it does today. Three or four decades from now, it certainly will: dwindling oil reserves will clash with skyrocketing demand, as developing nations around the world lead their citizens into the modern energy economy, and all the while, the grave threat of catastrophic climate change looms ever larger. Energy worries are at an all-time highjust howwillwe power our future? WithThe Powers That Be, Scott L. Montgomery cuts through the hype, alarmism, and confusion to give us a straightforward, informed account of where we are now, and a map of where were going. Starting with the inescapable fact of our current dependence on fossil fuelswhich supply 80% of all our energy needs todayMontgomery clearly and carefully lays out the many alternative energy options available, ranging from the familiar, like water and solar, to such nascent but promising sources as hydrogen and geothermal power. What is crucial, Montgomery explains, is understanding that our future will depend not on some single, wondrous breakthrough; instead, we should focus on developing a more diverse, adaptable energy future, one that draws on a variety of sourcesand is thus less vulnerable to disruption or failure. An admirably evenhanded and always realistic guide, Montgomery enables readers to understand the implications of energy funding, research, and politics at a global scale. At the same time, he doesnt neglect the ultimate connection between those decisions and the average citizen flipping a light switch or sliding behind the wheel of a car, makingThe Powers That Beindispensible for our ever-more energy conscious age.

Author: Scott L. Montgomery

Language: English

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 408

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Publication Date: 2010-07-15

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