There are many misconceptions about the future of global energy often presented as fact by the media, politicians, business leaders, activists, and even scientists wasting time and money and hampering the development of progressive energy policies Energy Myths and Realities Bringing Science to the Energy Policy Debate debunks the most common fallacies to make way for a constructive, scientific approach to the global energy challenge.When will the world run out of oil Should nuclear energy be adopted on a larger scale Are ethanol and wind power viable sources of energy for the future Vaclav Smil advises the public to be wary of exaggerated claims and impossible promises The global energy transition will be prolonged and expensive and hinges on the development of an extensive new infrastructure Established technologies and traditional energy sources are persistent and adaptable enough to see the world through that transition.Energy Myths and Realities brings a scientific perspective to an issue often dominated by groundless assertions, unfounded claims, and uncritical thinking Before we can create sound energy policies for the future, we must renounce the popular myths that cloud our judgment and impede true progress....
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Energy Myths and Realities: Bringing Science to the Energy Policy Debate Reviews
For the data enthusiast, Smil is an excellent read. Incredibly thorough (to a fault) in his analysis, Smil pulls no punches when discussing energy issues. He is a realist and pragmatist and anyone involved or interested in the alternative energy or electric car field would do well from his study to understand the real debates. What Smil does not do though is discuss the potential impact of increased demand for fossil fuel alternatives on the rate of technological change to accomplish this (he has underestimated the trajectory of this rate) and the politics of fossil fuel supply or impact on the politics of the major fossil fuel producers such as Saudi Arabia's more recent commitment to designing a $2 trillion 'post fossil fuel' future. Pair this book with Smil's 'Power Density' for perhaps the most technical analyses on the topic.
...and, for all the starry-eyed "greenies" and their "climate denier" counter-parts. Debunks the myths, and topples more than a few self-styled icons, while letting the data form the facts. Wishful thinking should have no part in the energy discussions, and policies which will emerge from those dialogues. Smil is the consummate "myth buster" and is not friends with either camp in the contentious arguments.
Smil does a good job bursting the wishful thinking that many individuals maintain about energy. There aren't any magic bullets. Fossil fuels will be with us for a long time as we transition into an unknown future. Stopping pipelines only increases the ultimate cost (and, ironically, carbon footprint) of extracting the energy that billions require.
The book is important for anybody who is directly involved in energy-related matters. It is also interesting reading for those with a science bent. The author keeps the hype of claimed energy saviors in check, and also dispels the imminent doom of modern living due to depleting fossil-energy reserves.
No more fully up-to-date (could use a refresh reflecting some of the recent advances, metrics and directions with regard to solar energy and electric vehicles in particular), but with largely timeless points and arguments, this is definitely worth a read.
I had to read this book for a Chemical Engineering course, but ended up genuinely enjoying the read. This book brings some reality and sense to the hectic energy debate.
Incredible look at the ideas that are being thrown around as the future of energy use. Discusses the merits and/or shortcomings of those ideas and whether they are feasible for large-scale use.
Read another by Vaclav Smil. Good basic information for those bothered about climate change