Energy Myths and Realities

Energy Myths and Realities

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There are many misconceptions about the future of global energy often presented as fact 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 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. Established technologies and traditional energy sources are persistent and adaptable enough to see the world through that 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.Since that time there have been so many announcements of new electric car projects that their up-to-date lists could be ... when the battery storage gets low.24 Before its 2009 bankruptcy; GM saw the vehicle as a fundamental component of its long ... The production Volt; a little larger than a Honda Civic, does not look like the model unveiled in 2007; although it retains a€œa ... first in Denmark and Israel.27 Such visions need so many reality checks that I will list just a few of the key ones.

Title:Energy Myths and Realities
Author: Vaclav Smil
Publisher:Government Institutes - 2010-08-16

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