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The Grand Energy Transition: The Rise of Energy Gases, Sustainable Life and Growth, and the Next Great Economic Expansion Hardcover – September 8, 2009


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 270 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (September 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470527560
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470527566
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #625,364 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Today, humanity is in an energy and climate crisis of our own making. While we are all now aware of how American banks and financial institutions overleveraged our financial system, few people are aware that since the 1970s, we have also been leveraging our economic growth by consuming energy at less than the full-cycle cost. We have altered and placed in grave danger our economy, environment, and the security of our societies by the energy we use. The magnitude of the crisis—even the crisis itself—has been hidden from our view. It will be the awareness of this economic, environmental, and societal crisis that will become the driving force of civilization's next evolutionary step, the one taking us to sustainable life and growth on Earth.

This book describes our ongoing Grand Energy Transition—the GET: a one-time, evolutionary step for humankind. The GET is the transition between the unsustainable solid energy sources of our past and the virtually limitless, clean sustainable energy sources of our future.

The Grand Energy Transition tells how the GET is creating a clear and irrevocable energy path forward, and how the GET itself reveals the most likely energy winners and losers. Energy industry insider Robert Hefner makes the case that America is blessed with abundant, affordable supplies of natural gas that can be scaled up in the near term to become the bridge fuel to our energy sustainable future and that these supplies—supplemented by Alaskan natural gas and the world's liquefied natural gas—are adequate to fuel at least half of our vehicle fleet for decades to come, and to replace our oldest, inefficient coal-fired electric power generation, as well as all new electric power needs not met by wind, solar, and nuclear.

This timely book is not intended to answer the millions of good questions about energy use and our energy future that need answering, nor is it a text about the details of energy production and consumption. Rather, it introduces a new way to look at the evolution of energy within civilization and, with this understanding, forecast the best possible comprehensive solution to today's formidable energy problems and our path forward to a new era.

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Praise for The Grand Energy Transition

"In The Grand Energy Transition, Robert Hefner makes a compelling and persuasive case that our country's economic, environmental, and national security demands the rapid transformation of the global economy from a high-carbon model to a low-carbon one. Drawing on a wealth of firsthand experience in the national energy policy debate and in the energy industry itself, Hefner traces the history of the world's energy use, points us toward where we need to go next, and demonstrates how natural gas and clean renewable sources of energy can play critical roles in getting us there."
—John Podesta, President and CEO, Center for American Progress

"If you care about the future, you must read this book."
—Ted Turner, founder, CNN, and Chairman, Turner Enterprises

"The Grand Energy Transition offers a compelling yet practical vision for solving the world's energy problems. Robert Hefner has broken the mold of conventional wisdom by arguing that the road to a low-carbon future is lined with natural gas—and by persuasively refuting the widely-held assumption that 'clean' coal will prove an economically viable alternative."
—Christopher Flavin, President, Worldwatch Institute, Washington, D.C.

" For years, Robert Hefner challenged the conventional wisdom in industry and government regarding natural gas reserves and production potential. His position was treated with skepticism, when it was not dismissed out of hand. Yet, time has proved him right, particularly as shale gas has contributed to a 9% jump in domestic production in just this last year. He was proved right on the Fuel Use Act. Some of his propositions regarding the (unavoidable) energy transition will be questioned, but they surely should no longer be dismissed out of hand."
—James R. Schlesinger, Economist and former U.S. Secretary of Energy, former U.S. Secretary of Defense, and former CIA Director

"This work, written by someone with a long and distinguished career in the energy business, is a very thoughtful and practical account of how the world can move to abundant energy which is clean and sustainable. It shows that low-carbon growth across the world can become a reality in the next few decades. This is a very important book."
—Nicholas Stern, Lord Stern of Brentwood, KT, FBA, IG Patel Professor of Economics and Government, London School of Economics

"As a successful businessman and international real estate developer, I know the economic and environmental importance of energy. Robert Hefner, with over fifty years of hands-on experience in the complex world of energy production, consumption, and politics has written a groundbreaking book that cuts through the confusion and shows us a clear, common sense path forward. His concept that The Grand Energy Transition is choosing the energy winners is critically important. America does not have time for energy losers."
—Donald J. Trump


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A long awaited book that should be read by everyone.
Nightingale
Natgas is the best short-term solution and can prove to be a transitional fuel until new energy technologies become viable on a large scale.
Tom Wilson
Cheap natural gas will profoundly affect America's next few years, and the effect will continue for the decades.
J. Kern

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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Marilyn K. Hunt on August 15, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Two books available, Funny Money by Mark Singer and Belly Up by Phillip Zweig tell the story of men who created a terrible bank collapse...this man was deeply involved and here he is again. The clean, safe story does not reflect the contamination and corruption that follows these self-professed "players". On Father's Day, I spoke to a woman who lost her father to severe contamination of his water well..he was 90 years old and a good, decent man. The contrast between the victims and the operators is quite a divide.Read the books and think about it. Why has our country become a divided society? Justice is to be for all under US law. Toxic chemical contamination is costing lives, what is your life worth? this is not about money but human suffering in the name of financial gain.Not a transition our democracy can survive.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Rains on September 24, 2009
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A persuasive read that explains not only the abundance of America's natural gas supplies but how increased use of the country's domestic natural gas can provide the crucial bridge to move us closer to the sustainability of clean renewables. Thought provoking! Even if you're not in the energy industry -- and perhaps especially if you're not in the energy industry -- this book is an important read to understand why and how we need to adjust the types of energy fuels we use.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tom Wilson on September 23, 2009
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This is one of the most compelling and important energy books I've ever read. Essentially, Hefner argues we have much more natural gas than generally appreciated and that ramping up natgas production and usage is the most practical solution to reducing our dependence on foreign oil and our CO2 emissions.

Unfortunately, I'm afraid too many people believe oil and natgas are variations on the same energy source and, thus, are likely to dismiss Hefner's message. We need to understand that natural gas is found independently of oil and the U.S. possesses enormous reserves of gas. Moreover, natgas is a cleaner fuel than coal and gasoline. Solar, wind power and other renewable energy sources will not come online anytime soon in sufficient quantities to make a dent in our oil usage. Natgas is the best short-term solution and can prove to be a transitional fuel until new energy technologies become viable on a large scale. In short, the answer to our energy problems is staring us in the face.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Kern on June 2, 2013
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Cheap natural gas will profoundly affect America's next few years, and the effect will continue for the decades. I think it's a positive thing. Environmentalists and socialists should read this as well to gain some new perspectives.
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