By Tom Butler
The strength Reader takes an unflinching examine the environmental devastation created via our thirst for strength, together with supposedly "clean" renewable resources. From oil spills, nuclear injuries, and mountaintop-removal coal mining to outsized wind farms and desert-destroying solar energy crops, almost each area of the globe is now experiencing the implications of out-of-control power improvement. basically no position is sacred, no panorama secure from the relentless look for power assets to proceed powering a tradition in keeping with perpetual development. invaluable wildlands, fragile ecosystems, even our personal groups and children’s health and wellbeing are at risk.
Featuring essays through greater than thirty of the main impressive minds within the fields of strength, society, and ecology, The power Reader lifts the veil at the harsh realities of our pursuit of power at any fee, revealing the real bills, advantages, and barriers of all our power techniques. members contain Wes Jackson, invoice McKibben, Sandra B. Lubarsky, Richard Heinberg, Philip Cafaro, Wendell Berry, Juan Pablo Orrego. jointly, they provide a warning sign concerning the way forward for power and what each one people can do to alter course.
Ultimately, the booklet deals not just a deep critique of the present process that's poisonous to nature and folks, but in addition a hopeful imaginative and prescient for a destiny strength economic climate during which resilience, overall healthiness, good looks, biodiversity, and sturdiness, now not incessant progress, are the organizing rules.
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Understanding that concept is fundamental to energy literacy. UNCONVENTIONAL OIL Experts have developed techniques for calculating the “energy returned on energy NUCLEAR invested” (EROEI) for various energy resources. That ratio of energy return on investment can change over time due to technology, but with SOLAR PV fossil fuels the return is generally downward because the cheapest resources to exploit are tapped first. Energy density, portability, NATURAL GAS intermittency, and other factors are also important, but the first criterion for judging an energy resource’s viability is its net energy.
After people learned to gamble, and overeat with a few thousand strangers in a gigantic domesticate wild creatures, beasts of burden such as oxen and hors- floating hotel? The cruise “industry” can make your dreams come es added to our ability to harness the Sun’s energy—captured by true. Energy-dense fossil fuels make the seemingly impossible or plants and channeled into the muscles of work animals. This rela- ridiculously extravagant whims of people a reality. tionship between domestic animals and the machines we use today In effect, the modern energy economy provides power equiva- is enshrined in the “horsepower” rating of modern engines.
Based on data published by the International Energy In recent years, a large body of literature has begun exploring the Agency, global conventional oil production has been essentially flat many ramifications of “peak oil”—the moment when aggregate since 2004, despite record-high prices, and likely peaked in 2006. global oil production reaches its apex. The late American geologist Increased production of unconventional oil (deepwater oil, tar M. S. oil production sands, oil shale, and shale oil) is officially projected to help meet would reach the top of its production curve around 1970 and then growth in demand in the near future, but some energy experts insist begin to decline.