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Power Hungry: The Myths of ""Green"" Energy and the Real Fuels of the Future Hardcover – April 27, 2010
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Journalist Bryce, author of Gusher of Lies and managing editor of online industry newsmagazine Energy Tribune, is nothing if not polemical. While his swings are sometimes familiar ("The essence of protecting the environment can be distilled to a single phrase: Small is beautiful") and sometimes bizarre ("The world isn't using too much oil. It's not using enough"), the points he raises merit serious consideration. In this informed, opinionated state-of-the-industry overview, Bryce contends that energy policy must be based upon four imperatives: "power density, energy density, cost and scale." Wind and solar power, he says, fail those standards due to storage problems and the vagaries of weather; Denmark, the poster child for renewable energy, nevertheless imports hydroelectric power from Norway and Sweden, relies heavily upon North Sea oil and coal, and increased its greenhouse gas emissions by 2.1 percent between 1990 and 2006. Pointing to the environmental cost of hydropower ("ruining habitats for aquatic life"), oil spills, and coal mining, Bryce makes a strong case for heavier reliance upon natural gas, a relatively clean and readily available carbon fuel, as a bridge technology: "The smartest, most forward-looking U.S. energy policy can be summed up in one acronym: 'N2N'," for "natural gas to nuclear power."
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“Capably argued… advocates of renewable energy should familiarize themselves with the book, since oil, gas and coal lobbyists surely will.”
“Bryce is especially good at explaining why fossil fuels have become entrenched as our main energy sources.”
“Bryce uses copious facts and research to make a compelling case that renewable sources have their place in our energy future but they aren't the viable panacea we're led to believe.”
Ft. Worth Star-Telegram, April 23, 2010
“Any new Robert Bryce book, in my opinion, had one tough hurdle to clear: I’d found Bryce’s first book, Gusher of Lies, impossible to put down.”
American Spectator, April 26, 2010
“Endlessly fascinating reading.”
Wall Street Journal, April 27, 2010
“A brutal brilliant exploration… If Power Hungry sounds like a supercharged polemic, its shocks are delivered with forensic skill and narrative aplomb…. It is unsentimental, unsparing and impassioned; and, if you’ll excuse the pun, it is precisely the kind of journalism we need to hold truth to power.”
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Read this book to get a better understanding of the various forms of energy with the pros and cons of each of them. Then you will have been better educated in making a decision as to which of the fuels is best to keep our economies running and keep employment up.
I have never learned so much from 300 pages of text in my adult life. I wish all American citizens and politicians could read this book. I thoroughly enjoyed being educated.
I do agree with the author on many points;
1) Americans DO need better Math and Science education in high school.
2) Wind Turbines and solar can not replace only adjunct. Gas, oil, far superior.
3) Nuclear the best of all!!! Build some more facilities now!
4) Stop putting Ethanol in our gasoline!!!
5) With coal, CO2 not the real problem, mercury and lead are.
6) Even if United States had no CO2 emissions, it would not make a difference in the world.(China, India, etc.)(Even if global warming was real...which it is not, by the way)
I highly recommend this book!
Dr. Stanley E. Toompas, Optometrist
& Author of "I'm the One the Other Isn't"
This is a book which addresses real numbers and requirements for USA energy now and in the future. He addresses the so called "green" systems specifically including solar and wind to point out their limitations. Specifically, they are intermittent in the case of wind, and in the case of solar, only operate during the day, and if clouds arrive, energy production can fall off by over half. He points out that Denmark which has extensively spent money on wind mills, has a cost per kilowatt hour of $0.38 in 2008. Please note in in 2013 in Texas, I am paying less than $0.06 per kilowatt hour.
Denmark has the most expensive electricity in Europe. Denmark uses oil to generate over half of their electricity, due to the time of the day when they need the electricity. Much of the wind generated electricity is exported to Norway and Sweden, who have extensive hydo facilities, and I presume, use the electricity to pump water from a lower level to a higher level behind a dam when the excess power is available. All in all, the wind mills are an economic disaster for the Danish rate payer and utility customer, as they are paying for luxury "green" energy, that really does not benefit the country.
All in all, we and others in the world, are making a large mistake in letting electrical generation policy are driven by an unproven theory that man by burning fossil fuels will cause CAGW.
A wonderful book for people who have an open mind and want to understand the issue.