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Energy Myths and Realities: Bringing Science to the Energy Policy Debate by Vaclav Smil (16-Aug-2010) Hardcover Paperback – January 1, 1600
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The first part about the end of fossil fuel is rather boring as it is full of other scientists previous forecast n prediction. As with all forecasts there is always margins of errors. Smil dismissed them as incorrect with the benefit of hind sight. It is not all too convincing.
The part about corn n cane ethanol starts to get interesting n my pace was much faster. However, he should have discuss the distorted economics of corn as fuel and corn as food to arrive at the conclusion that corn should be used as food rather than fuel. The part on wind energy was also good. He mentioned that wind can only work with good transmission network.
Smil seems to support nuclear energy but he did not have the benefit of the knowledge of the Japanese nuclear plant failure at the time of writing the book.
In sum, the good part n bad part even out each other. I give it a 3 star.
alternative energy, and I am in constant need of a rational and reasoned approach to the needs humanity has for future energy production. This book had a grounding effect on me.
The book is slightly heavy-going in parts, and some facts are repeated, but the impact of the message is immense.
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His vision is way too technical and ignores a lot af thing (political, economical, process to make and dismantel the producer of energy...). Talk about energy reduction thaht is the most rational choice if you really studie energy, but he don't say a word about that