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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic; 1 edition (September 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1441153071
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441153074
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 6.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,314,738 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I am very interested in the upcoming book by Glover and Economides. I have been very familiar with the work of Prof. Economides and I have been instrumental in facilitating the translation and publishing of two of his books in Chinese. Both made the best seller list in books in translation and resulted in three major speeches and two large book-signing events by him in Beijing. The new book will hit a raw nerve in the world. Energy is without a question the commodity that describes today's world and yet many are now tampering with it for reasons that are difficult for most people to understand. There is one thing that is certain. China's economic well being depends on abundant and affordable energy sources and this is the only way that the country will fulfill its expected role in the future. This book provides invaluable and unique insight on world energy, economy and environment, far more insightful than the noise currently inundating the world press." —Chen Weidong, Executive VP & Chief Strategy Officer, China Oilfield Services Ltd.

"Energy shapes the modern world and it is without question critical to our future welfare. That is why tampering with abundant energy supply may prove catastrophic. Fossil fuels account for 87% of global energy consumption. Despite ongoing efforts to replace them with biomass, wind, tidal, fuel cells and others, they will continue to dominate the energy spectrum for the next 50-60 years, and there is no peak oil in sight. Therefore, the responsible way to address a sound long-term energy future is to continue improving the technology for increased efficiency and emissions´ abatement in the exploitation and burning of fossil fuels, irrespective of the support given to alternative sources. Resource nationalism and political pressures should not be seen as insurmountable hurdles, because at the end the issue will always come down to business interests. Energy and Climate Wars needs to be read by politicos and anyone needing to distinguish hard facts from wishful thinking." —Luis E. Giusti, Senior Advisor, Center for International & Strategic Studies, Washington DC & former President of the Venezuelan National Oil Company

"I like this book and its tone: destroying myths and providing a dose of reality in a world that unfortunately has fallen victim to nonsense and unrealistic expectations form so-called alternatives. Energy is a far too important an issue to allow charlatans to have a say. The future of the welfare of the world depends on the proper management of energy resources and the availability of abundant and affordable energy. Oil and gas are here to stay for a long time." — Dr Don Wolcott, Chairman ROC Oil Ltd & former Senior Vice President, YUKOS (1999 to 2004) during which he played a pivotal role in leading YUKOS to become the top oil producing company in Russia.


"A good read for anyone interested in climate and energy issues. Agree or disagree, the issues are too important to be viewed through a politically correct smokescreen. The book is a commendable contribution to the debate."
(rereact.com)

“I am very interested in the upcoming book by Glover and Economides. I have been very familiar with the work of Prof. Economides and I have been instrumental in facilitating the translation and publishing of two of his books in Chinese. Both made the best seller list in books in translation and resulted in three major speeches and two large book-signing events by him in Beijing. The new book will hit a raw nerve in the world. Energy is without a question the commodity that describes today's world and yet many are now tampering with it for reasons that are difficult for most people to understand. There is one thing that is certain. China's economic well being depends on abundant and affordable energy sources and this is the only way that the country will fulfill its expected role in the future. This book provides invaluable and unique insight on world energy, economy and environment, far more insightful than the noise currently inundating the world press." —Chen Weidong, Executive VP & Chief Strategy Officer, China Oilfield Services Ltd. 

“Energy shapes the modern world and it is without question critical to our future welfare. That is why tampering with abundant energy supply may prove catastrophic. Fossil fuels account for 87% of global energy consumption. Despite ongoing efforts to replace them with biomass, wind, tidal, fuel cells and others, they will continue to dominate the energy spectrum for the next 50-60 years, and there is no peak oil in sight. Therefore, the responsible way to address a sound long-term energy future is to continue improving the technology for increased efficiency and emissions´ abatement in the exploitation and burning of fossil fuels, irrespective of the support given to alternative sources. Resource nationalism and political pressures should not be seen as insurmountable hurdles, because at the end the issue will always come down to business interests. Energy and Climate Wars needs to be read by politicos and anyone needing to distinguish hard facts from wishful thinking.” —Luis E. Giusti, Senior Advisor, Center for International & Strategic Studies, Washington DC & former President of the Venezuelan National Oil Company

“I like this book and its tone: destroying myths and providing a dose of reality in a world that unfortunately has fallen victim to nonsense and unrealistic expectations form so-called alternatives. Energy is a far too important an issue to allow charlatans to have a say. The future of the welfare of the world depends on the proper management of energy resources and the availability of abundant and affordable energy. Oil and gas are here to stay for a long time.” — Dr Don Wolcott, Chairman ROC Oil Ltd & former Senior Vice President, YUKOS (1999 to 2004) during which he played a pivotal role in leading YUKOS to become the top oil producing company in Russia.


"A good read for anyone interested in climate and energy issues. Agree or disagree, the issues are too important to be viewed through a politically correct smokescreen. The book is a commendable contribution to the debate."
(Sanford Lakoff)

About the Author

Peter C. Glover is a British writer and journalist specializing in political and energy analysis. The author of several books, he is a regular contributor to World Politics Review, TCS Daily, British Journalism Review, and American Thinker. He was a legal executive with the UK Crown Prosecution Service for over 15 years and a national spokesman for the Director of Public Prosecutions office for three years. Michael J. Economides is Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Houston, US. One of America's leading energy analysts, he has done technical and managerial work in over 70 countries. He is the author with Ron Oligney of The Color of Oil: The History, the Money, and the Politics of the World's Biggest Business (2000), which looks at how petroleum dictates international politics and was nominated for a Pulitzer prize.

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This book is a very pleasant, interesting, informative, never boring reading.
Giovanni Paccaloni
This book is a completely contrarian look at all of the issues surrounding mankind's energy future over the next 50 years.
Donald G. Nelson
Towards the end of the book, the authors talk about future energy security for nations.
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Format: Hardcover
First of all, i would like to begin by stating my background. I'm a petro-chemical engineer by education and training. Also, another important point to write a review: I HAVE read the book.

One of the things i really liked about the book is how it breaks down the climate debate. This is done by analyzing and comparing specific technologies, such as wind, solar, biofuels and presents arguments on why these technologies are not economically sustainable at the moment (and some, also scientifically illogical). so it begs to ask the question, if these technologies are not sustainable, why are there ridiculous amounts of tax breaks, costing the US population BILLIONS of dollars in increased taxes?

This is examined by presenting real world examples such as the experiences in several European countries. All the while, referencing actual verifiable and published data from governments, journals, newspapers, etc. For anybody interested in finding out actual facts (economics, sustainability, energy intensity) this journal style referencing is an excellent tool for back checking facts and arguments presented.

The book then delves into how attaining to the Kyoto protocol and carbon trading in general would basically result in economic suicide for any developed country. and presents cases in which signed nations have been backing down from targets and some ignoring them all together. The authors then present a clear reason about why politicians would try to push these climate/energy consumption reforms in the first place (it's lengthy and it has to do with taxation, but read the book to find out exactly how).

Towards the end of the book, the authors talk about future energy security for nations.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Donald G. Nelson on December 4, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Feel free to discount this review because one of the co-authors, Michael Economides, is a friend of mine. Michael has gained notoriety as an engaging and entertaining speaker about global energy issues over the years. This book is consistent with the style of his presentations whereby he has no fear in sticking his neck out on hot button issues. Michael has a Ph.D. in petroleum engineering from Stanford University and his opinions are based on a combination of sound engineering judgement, a broad global perspective afforded by his life experiences and interests, an intense passion around political and energy issues, a keen wit, and an infectious sense of humor. If the global warming plateau continues, this book will be viewed less and less biased as time goes on. It could end up being a very important book describing a kind of "mass hysteria" time in history - perhaps even a watershed book. Perhaps that time is sooner than we know based on the weather reports today from China and Europe. In Poland, 18 dead due to the cold. Snow drifts stranding trains in Germany, etc.

This book is a completely contrarian look at all of the issues surrounding mankind's energy future over the next 50 years. It is very deep down in the weeds with endless detail and references. I learned a wide variety of things that I never see in normal media venues. The authors believe the debate is over and that people have decided to keep their hydrocarbons for now. The authors contend that green venture capitalists looking for subsidies from Washington DC will continue to attempt to place unwarranted financial burdens on America.

The authors are strong advocates for cleaner, economically viable energy which does not require new subsidies such as natural gas and nuclear.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Giovanni Paccaloni on November 10, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book is a very pleasant, interesting, informative, never boring reading.
Dealing with a planetary controversial subject like Energy and its many implications, the debate is articulated and hot but never harsch and irrespectful towards others' points of view.
The authors sustain passionately their ideas, but never look dogmatic and narrow-minded (a very rare gift nowadays!), as they use facts and science to substantiate their views. I would certainly suggest this book not only to the ones interested on realistic, no-romanticistic interpretation of our possible future, but also to the many that have already matured firm convictions on their own, as they will be offered on a golden plate lots of challenging thoughts and ideas to test their beliefs with.
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