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America S Energy Future by National Research Council

Title America s Energy Future
Author National Research Council
Publisher National Academies Press
Release Date 2010-01-15
Category Science
Total Pages 736
ISBN 9780309116022
Language English, Spanish, and French
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For multi-user PDF licensing, please contact customer service. 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.

America S Energy Future by United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Finance

Title America s Energy Future
Author United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Finance
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2007
Category Carbon dioxide mitigation
Total Pages 204
ISBN PSU:000063522594
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Drilling Down On America S Energy Future by United States. Congress. House. Committee on Energy and Commerce. Subcommittee on Energy and Environment

Title Drilling Down on America s Energy Future
Author United States. Congress. House. Committee on Energy and Commerce. Subcommittee on Energy and Environment
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2013
Category BP Deepwater Horizon Explosion and Oil Spill, 2010
Total Pages 159
ISBN MINN:31951D03670255M
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Big Coal by Jeff Goodell

Title Big Coal
Author Jeff Goodell
Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Release Date 2007-04-03
Category Science
Total Pages 352
ISBN 0547526628
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Long dismissed as a relic of a bygone era, coal is back -- with a vengeance. Coal is one of the nation's biggest and most influential industries -- Big Coal provides more than half the electricity consumed by Americans today -- and its dominance is growing, driven by rising oil prices and calls for energy independence. Is coal the solution to America's energy problems? On close examination, the glowing promise of coal quickly turns to ash. Coal mining remains a deadly and environmentally destructive industry. Nearly forty percent of the carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere each year comes from coal-fired power plants. In the last two decades, air pollution from coal plants has killed more than half a million Americans. In this eye-opening call to action, Goodell explains the costs and consequences of America's addiction to coal and discusses how we can kick the habit.

Electricity From Renewable Resources by National Research Council

Title Electricity from Renewable Resources
Author National Research Council
Publisher National Academies Press
Release Date 2010-04-05
Category Science
Total Pages 386
ISBN 9780309137089
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A component in the America's Energy Future study, Electricity from Renewable Resources examines the technical potential for electric power generation with alternative sources such as wind, solar-photovoltaic, geothermal, solar-thermal, hydroelectric, and other renewable sources. The book focuses on those renewable sources that show the most promise for initial commercial deployment within 10 years and will lead to a substantial impact on the U.S. energy system. A quantitative characterization of technologies, this book lays out expectations of costs, performance, and impacts, as well as barriers and research and development needs. In addition to a principal focus on renewable energy technologies for power generation, the book addresses the challenges of incorporating such technologies into the power grid, as well as potential improvements in the national electricity grid that could enable better and more extensive utilization of wind, solar-thermal, solar photovoltaics, and other renewable technologies.

Black Bonanza by Alastair Sweeny

Title Black Bonanza
Author Alastair Sweeny
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Release Date 2010-05-13
Category Business & Economics
Total Pages 288
ISBN 0470675837
Language English, Spanish, and French
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What if Canada 's so-called environmental nightmare was really an engineering triumph and the key to a stable and sustainable future? For years, Canadians have been hearing nothing but bad news out of the Athabasca Oil Sands. From 20th Century economists decrying it as a perpetual money-loser in the face of more easily-extracted foreign oil to green groups around the world declaring it the world's worst industrial enterprise, sometimes it seems as though no good could ever come from this so-called dirty resource. But what if developing Canada's Oil Sands was the key to bridging the gap between current petroleum-based economies and the alternative energies that aren't ready for market yet? What if it meant eliminating the threat of Peak Oil and providing economic stability not just for Canada and the rest of North America, but for the world? And what if the environmental costs of the resource were both not nearly as dire as some would have you believe, but currently better than many other options with the industry already making huge advances in sustainability, energy use and water reclamation? That's exactly the case that Alastair Sweeny, author of BlackBerry Planet, argues is at the core of the Athabasca Sands: a bright future. By digging into the past, present and future of oil sands technology, Sweeny cuts through the hype and hysteria and makes a solid and engaging case that the Sands aren't the environmental boogeyman set to destroy humanity, but rather our best hope for a truly stable and sustainable future.

Title Toward a Clean Energy Future
Author United States
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2007
Category Climatic changes
Total Pages 78
ISBN PSU:000061500631
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The Nation S Energy Future by United States. Congress. House. Committee on Science

Title The Nation s Energy Future
Author United States. Congress. House. Committee on Science
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2001
Category Energy conservation
Total Pages 147
ISBN PSU:000045435393
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Cuba S Energy Future by Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado

Title Cuba s Energy Future
Author Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado
Publisher Brookings Institution Press
Release Date 2010-11-01
Category Political Science
Total Pages 143
ISBN 0815704593
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Approaching an uncertain future without Fidel Castro, and still reeling from a downturn at the end of the cold war, Cuba must act decisively to improve its economy and living conditions. One of the major challenges facing the impoverished island nation is securing access to energy resources that are sufficient to meet the needs of its revitalization and development goals. What steps can Cuba take to achieve both short- and long-term energy sustainability and self-sufficiency? In this timely analysis, Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado and his colleagues answer that question. Cuba's Energy Future sets the geostrategic context within which Cuba is operating. The book provides an overview of the evolving relations among Caribbean states and explains why Cuba and its longtime nemesis the United States should look for ways to cooperate on developing energy resources. The possible role of oil companies is explored, as is Cuba's energy relationship with Hugo Chavez's Venezuela. The second section of Cuba's Energy Future features economic and technical appraisals, economic projections, and trends affecting Cuba's energy needs, including oil and natural gas potential, the country's antiquated electric power sector, and the role of biofuels such as sugarcane ethanol. The concluding section focuses on the conditions necessary for, and the mutual benefits of, greater cooperative engagement with the United States. Contributors: Juan A. B. Belt (Chemonics International, formerly USAID), Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado (University of Nebraska–Omaha and University of Georgia), Amy Myers Jaffe (Rice University), Jorge R. Piñón (Florida International University), Ronald Soligo (Rice University).

Title The National Academies Summit on America s Energy Future
Author National Research Council
Publisher National Academies Press
Release Date 2008-12-03
Category Science
Total Pages 180
ISBN 9780309124782
Language English, Spanish, and French
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There is a growing sense of national urgency about the role of energy in long-term U.S. economic vitality, national security, and climate change. This urgency is the consequence of many factors, including the rising global demand for energy; the need for long-term security of energy supplies, especially oil; growing global concerns about carbon dioxide emissions; and many other factors affected to a great degree by government policies both here and abroad. On March 13, 2008, the National Academies brought together many of the most knowledgeable and influential people working on energy issues today to discuss how we can meet the need for energy without irreparably damaging Earth's environment or compromising U.S. economic and national security-a complex problem that will require technological and social changes that have few parallels in human history. The National Academies Summit on America's Energy Future: Summary of a Meeting chronicles that 2-day summit and serves as a current and far-reaching foundation for examining energy policy. The summit is part of the ongoing project 'America's Energy Future: Technology Opportunities, Risks, and Tradeoffs,' which will produce a series of reports providing authoritative estimates and analysis of the current and future supply of and demand for energy; new and existing technologies to meet those demands; their associated impacts; and their projected costs. The National Academies Summit on America's Energy Future: Summary of a Meeting is an essential base for anyone with an interest in strategic, tactical, and policy issues. Federal and state policy makers will find this book invaluable, as will industry leaders, investors, and others willing to convert concern into action to solve the energy problem.

Powering Forward by Bill Ritter, Jr.

Title Powering Forward
Author Bill Ritter, Jr.
Publisher Fulcrum Publishing
Release Date 2016-03-15
Category Political Science
Total Pages 304
ISBN 9781933108889
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A historic energy revolution is underway in the United States. Wind, sunlight, and other sustainable resources are now the fastest growing sources of energy in the U.S. and worldwide. American families are installing power plants on their roofs and entire communities are switching to 100 percent renewable energy. The urgent need to prevent climate change is causing people around the planet to question their reliance on carbon-intensive oil, coal, and natural gas. Author Bill Ritter, Jr., the 41st governor of Colorado and one of America's key thought leaders on this topic, discusses the forces behind the energy revolution, the new ways we must think about energy, and the future of fossil and renewable fuels. It is an essential read for any who want to understand one of history's biggest challenges to peace, prosperity, and security in the United States. Written in partnership with the Center for a New Energy Economy.

The Grid by Gretchen Bakke

Title The Grid
Author Gretchen Bakke
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Release Date 2016-07-26
Category Science
Total Pages 384
ISBN 9781620401248
Language English, Spanish, and French
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One of Bill Gates's Favorite Books of 2016 A revelatory look at our national power grid--how it developed, its current flaws, and how it must be completely reimagined for our fast-approaching energy future. America's electrical grid, an engineering triumph of the twentieth century, is turning out to be a poor fit for the present. It's not just that the grid has grown old and is now in dire need of basic repair. Today, as we invest great hope in new energy sources--solar, wind, and other alternatives--the grid is what stands most firmly in the way of a brighter energy future. If we hope to realize this future, we need to reimagine the grid according to twenty-first-century values. It's a project which forces visionaries to work with bureaucrats, legislators with storm-flattened communities, moneymen with hippies, and the left with the right. And though it might not yet be obvious, this revolution is already well under way. Cultural anthropologist Gretchen Bakke unveils the many facets of America's energy infrastructure, its most dynamic moments and its most stable ones, and its essential role in personal and national life. The grid, she argues, is an essentially American artifact, one which developed with us: a product of bold expansion, the occasional foolhardy vision, some genius technologies, and constant improvisation. Most of all, her focus is on how Americans are changing the grid right now, sometimes with gumption and big dreams and sometimes with legislation or the brandishing of guns. The Grid tells--entertainingly, perceptively--the story of what has been called "the largest machine in the world": its fascinating history, its problematic present, and its potential role in a brighter, cleaner future.

Our Energy Future by Carla S. Jones

Title Our Energy Future
Author Carla S. Jones
Publisher Univ of California Press
Release Date 2016-02-16
Category Science
Total Pages 221
ISBN 9780520964280
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Our Energy Future is an introductory textbook for the study of energy production, alternative and renewable fuels, and ways to build a sustainable energy future. Jones and Mayfield explore the creation and history of fossil fuels, their impact on the environment, and how they have become critical to our society. The authors also outline how adopting sustainable biofuels will be key to the future of energy stability and discuss a number of renewable energy options and biofuel feedstocks that are replacements for petroleum-based products. Our society is consuming energy at an alarming rate, and the authors warn that continuing fuel-usage patterns could permanently damage the environment. This book emphasizes the importance of continued scientific, agricultural, and engineering development while it outlines the political and environmental challenges that will accompany a complete shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy and biomass. Our Energy Future is an accessible resource for undergraduate students studying biofuels and bioenergy.

Power Hungry by Robert Bryce

Title Power Hungry
Author Robert Bryce
Publisher PublicAffairs
Release Date 2011-04-26
Category Technology & Engineering
Total Pages 448
ISBN 1610390431
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The promise of "green jobs" and a "clean energy future" has roused the masses. But as Robert Bryce makes clear in this provocative book, that vision needs a major re-vision. We cannot--and will not--quit using carbon-based fuels at any time in the near future for a simple reason: they provide the horsepower that we crave. The hard reality is that oil, coal, and natural gas are here to stay. Fueling our society requires that we make good decisions and smart investments based on facts. In Power Hungry, Bryce crushes a phalanx of energy myths, showing why renewables are not green, carbon capture and sequestration won't work, and even--surprise!--that the U.S. is leading the world in energy efficiency. Power Hungry delivers a clear-eyed view of what's needed to transform the gargantuan global energy sector.

The Power Surge by Michael Levi

Title The Power Surge
Author Michael Levi
Publisher Oxford University Press
Release Date 2014-10-01
Category Business & Economics
Total Pages 280
ISBN 9780199390021
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Looks at the clash between gas/oil proponents and supports of alternative energies and offers a plan for the future that combines the best of both worlds.

Title Scenarios for a Clean Energy Future
Author Anonim
Publisher DIANE Publishing
Release Date 2000
Category Energy development
Total Pages 371
ISBN 9781428918443
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Fueling The Fire by Steven Pottle

Title Fueling the Fire
Author Steven Pottle
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2014-10-23
Category
Total Pages 252
ISBN 0692284141
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The United States is at a pivotal point in our nation's economic and political history and this opens up several questions about our future. * Is America facing an unavoidable decline in prosperity, competitiveness, and military strength? * After the success of World War II and the Cold War, will we become the first generation to leave our descendants a weaker, less-affluent country? * What role will energy play in restoring us to competitive strength and vitality? America is in the midst of an epic battle within its energy sector. It is the oil and gas industry's shale energy revolution versus the renewable energy sector. The stakes are huge: trillions of dollars of investment, future job growth, climate health, and the strength of the United States' economic competitiveness. Fueling the Fire: The Battle for America's Energy Future has been written not only for energy professionals, but also for anyone seeking to better understand this great economic and technological battle. The book addresses the following issues: * What core innovation sparked the shale energy revolution? * Is OPEC becoming increasingly irrelevant? * How will the shale revolution change electric utility, LNG and pipeline companies? * Is America's coal industry dying? * Should "fracking" be considered controversial? * What is the outlook for America's solar, wind and hydroelectric sectors? * Is America ready to fight a war against climate change? * Can we compete effectively with China? A key theme of this book is that innovation will continue to accelerate in both the conventional and renewable energy arenas. It is, therefore, far too early to handicap who will win the battle for America's energy future. America is on the cusp of becoming the leading global energy producer. In order to ensure our success, however, industry executives, capital providers, environmentalists, legislators, academics and ordinary citizens must begin a vigorous dialogue around key energy issues. This book will be critically important to anyone seeking to understand the issues impacting America's trillion dollar energy sector as it changes rapidly over the next ten years and beyond.

Title Energy in America s Future
Author Sam H. Schurr
Publisher Routledge
Release Date 2013-10-18
Category Business & Economics
Total Pages 555
ISBN 9781135985813
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Results of a comprehensive two-year study analyzing the facts and policy alternatives. Originally published in 1979.