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About the Author
- ASIN : B00INIQVJA
- Publisher : Portfolio (November 13, 2014)
- Publication date : November 13, 2014
- Language: : English
- File size : 4261 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 257 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #130,217 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The dire consequences predicted for using fossil fuels have not materialized. The only dire consequences from fossil fuel usage has been in the computer models, and the models have not been accurate. The slight warming of the past century, about a half degree, has been a help, not a hinderance to making this planet livable. Carbon dioxide is a plant fertilizer.
Other than hydro and atomic sources, there are no realistic alternatives to fossil fuels. So-called "renewable" sources of energy, wind and solar, are intermittent, therefore not reliable, and the rare earths needed for building wind turbines and solar panels are extremely polluting. Hydro and atomic sources of energy face opposition from environmental groups concerned with safety or esthetic problems.
Epstein describes the very real problems in the use of, so-called, ‘renewables.’ He explains why converting to them means the death of millions of people around the world.
The book's a bit repetitive, but worth reading.
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Right now 85% of our power worldwide is derived from fossil fuels. He acknowledges there are risks associated with them but explains that by using modern technology we have eliminated those risks. And the alternative renewable energy sources are simply nowhere near capable of providing sufficient energy to power our societies.
Epstein also demonstrates that the manufacture of so-called green renewable technologies is not as green as we would like to think. For example, he reveals the appalling devastation in one of China’s most polluted cities caused by the manufacture of neodymium, the element used in the magnets of wind turbines. Vast lakes of bubbling toxic waste covered in black dust where once lay fields of corn and wheat. A “green revolution” in the UK perhaps. But a humanitarian disaster for the Chinese who are dying from the acrid poisonous stench.
Epstein portrays a powerful and emotional message with great clarity and logic. Fossil fuels do not make a naturally safe, clean environment and make it unsafe and dirty - they take a naturally dangerous, dirty environment and make it clean and safe.