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The Impending World Energy Mess Paperback – October 1, 2010
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The reader will be able to cut through the smokescreens that various self interests have, and are, promulgating and understand that there are a number of credible studies that clearly demonstrate that world oil production is close to going into decline, which will create long-term world oil shortages.
The huge economic impacts associated with impending oil shortages are brought into sober, balanced perspective and readers are given tools to minimize the impending negative impacts on their personal lives.
Finally, The Impending World Energy Mess provides a balanced discussion of the strengths and weaknesses of a number of electric power production technologies, and in particular, the inherent weaknesses in solar and renewable technologies.
The Impending World Energy Mess provides a practical basis for understanding and personal action.
Included in this book is a special Foreword from Dr James Schlesinger - First US Secretary of Energy, Director of Central Intelligence, Secretary of Defense and Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission.
About the Author
Dr. Roger Bezdek in President of Management Information Services, Inc., a Washington, D.C. economic research firm specializing in energy and the environment. He has over 30 years experience in consulting and management in the energy, utility, environmental, and regulatory areas, serving in private industry, academia, and the Federal government. His consulting background includes energy technology and market forecasting, estimating the costs and benefits of Federal energy research programs, assessment of DOE energy R&D programs, estimation of Federal incentives for energy development, energy industry forecasting, creation and management of Federal energy R&D programs, and energy price and market forecasting. Dr. Bezdek has served as Corporate Director, Corporate President and CEO, University Professor, Research Director in ERDA/DOE, Senior Advisor in the Office of the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, and U.S. energy delegate to the European Community and to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. He has served as a consultant to the White House, Federal and state government agencies, and numerous corporations and research organizations. During 2008, he presented energy briefings to the staffs of Hilary Clinton, John McCain, and Barack Obama. He as over 300 professional and scientific publications. His doctorate is in economics.
Mr. Robert Wendling is a senior economist with 28 years experience in energy technology policy and incentives, economic assessment of energy development, environmental economics, regulatory policy, regional economic analysis, nuclear, fossil, and renewable energy technologies, economic and energy forecasting, Internet and Intranet systems, and modeling and forecasting systems. His consulting background includes economic and employment analysis of the energy industry, simulation of the impact of energy and environmental legislation, managing energy R&D and demonstration projects, assessment of energy technology forecasts, electric utility planning and forecasting, development of environmental impact statements, and assessing the effects of regulatory policies. He has served as CEO, corporate vice president, Director of STAT-USA in the U.S. Department of Commerce and at senior management and policy positions in the Department of Energy. He is the author of 50 professional publications and lectures frequently on various energy, energy and employment forecasting, regulatory, and legislative impact topics. His degrees are in economics.
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Top Customer Reviews
until I heard about this book and then I went and read both. What is
really interesting in this book is the fact that Hirsch and his team
seem to have approached things differently. Instead of assuming a sharp
peak in oil production, as they did in the 2005 report, they have now
built their analysis around what has happened in the last five years,
and then extrapolated on from there what they think is coming next.
There are many other differences in both approach and analysis from the
first report and I found the new book to be both enlightening and useful.
The stylistic approach is also different between the earlier report and
this book, but this has clearly been written for a general audience and
not for just the oil sector. I found it an easy read and found no
evidence at all of it being poorly written (as asserted by the previous
reviewer.) I also have to wonder if everyone actually goes digging
around on obscure websites to find out about this subject. Clearly if
you are in the oil business you might do that, but the general reader
probably has better things to do and might appreciate an overview such
as presented in this book. I did.
I also found the layout to be both easy and visually simple and
generally cohesive and coherent.
I was not at all disappointed with this purchase and found it to be the
most up to date and simple read on the subject. The content of course is
unnerving and you are left wondering whether any of the politicians will
actually read this book and start to do something about the inevitable.
Before it is too late. (If it isn't already!)
This book, however, isn't what the doctor ordered. It suffers from many problems:
1) It doesn't say anything new. Maybe if they had written it in 2005 it would have been valuable. But it doesn't say anything Heinberg or Deffeyes or Kunstler or Simmons or the many others who have written about peak oil and its aftermath haven't already said. The book's only contribution over prior books is that it provides up-to-date projections on the timing of peak oil, but that itself is nothing new thanks to the many recent projections from the UK Industry Taskforce on Peak Oil, the German military, the US Defense Department, Kuwait University, etc. All of them point to a definitive peak of production between 2010 and 2015, as Hirsch does.
2) It's poorly written. They can be forgiven for this - it's not like they have much experience writing books. But again, other authors have treated the subject in a better organized fashion.
3) It's badly edited / formatted. This is likely the fault of the publisher, but they did an unprofessional job.
4) It's expensive. Again, this is likely the fault of the publisher.
I was excited to read this book, but was let down.
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Now I've read this exceptional book and I find myself thinking about how I can prepare for the coming storm. Dr Hirsch and his colleagues Bezdek and Wendling are no slouches when it comes to detailed research and cross checking data. They also think right out of the box, which is absolutely vital when considering such a complex subject as the world's oil industry.
Naysayers will object and say that there is plenty of oil left in the world and the authors will agree; that's not the problem, which they go to great lengths to explain. The problem is that it is not going to be so easily available in the future. If it was we'd still be sticking pipes in the ground in Pennsylvania and Texas and having gushers come in. That really doesn't happen anymore, hence placing wells in some of the most difficult areas of the world like the North Sea and Alaska. I mean would we really be putting oil platforms out in the ocean, if we could just stick a pipe into the ground in Colorado?
This book has been written for people who have the capacity to understand this subject and who can act on its advice.
If you wish to protect yourself and your families assets over the next ten to twenty years, you need to read this book
Most Recent Customer Reviews
More like a textbook than anything else. I did not really enjoy the book. I might have if I didn't know much about the subject already.Published 8 months ago by Raymond S. Carter
Good on the oil situation, bad on climate change which is surprising given the author's ability to think.Published 12 months ago by Steven
While this was written before the big increase in domestic reserves resulting primarily from fracking, it still is well worth the time to read it.Published 15 months ago by Bill S
This book IMHO is akin to the " . . . for Dummies" series in that it does not purport to provide in-depth analyses of the oil business and its future as much as it does to provide... Read morePublished on November 29, 2013 by Tidewater
This book is definitely competent at giving an overview of the world energy situation. In particular, you really do come away with a deeper understanding of how actually HUGE the... Read morePublished on January 4, 2013 by Amazon Customer
I am pleased to have read somewhat of an update to Dr Hirsch's 2005 report pertaining to peak oil. I was under the impression that the world had reached conventional peak oil in... Read morePublished on May 17, 2012 by SilverMalthusian
For all I know, the evaluation of imminent diminishing oil availability is accurate. The authors devote quite a lot of time to debunking climate change / global warming, however,... Read morePublished on December 29, 2011 by carol
Like other reviewers, I commend Hirsch for his 2005 report, but this book is self conflicted and self contradictory. Read morePublished on December 16, 2010 by CP1
The authors have done an excellent job of explaining the decline of affordable liquid fuel and the consequences of having no substitutes readily available. Read morePublished on November 30, 2010 by James2877