Fact and Fiction in Global Energy Policy

Fact and Fiction in Global Energy Policy : Fifteen Contentious Questions

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Energy sustainability and climate change are two of the greatest challenges facing humankind. Unraveling these complex and interconnected issues demands careful and objective assessment. Fact and Fiction in Global Energy Policy aims to change the prevailing discourse by examining fifteen core energy questions from a variety of perspectives, demonstrating how, for each of them, no clear-cut answer exists. Is industry the chief energy villain? Can we sustainably feed and fuel the planet at the same time? Is nuclear energy worth the risk? Should geoengineering be outlawed? Touching on pollution, climate mitigation and adaptation, energy efficiency, government intervention, and energy security, the authors explore interrelated concepts of law, philosophy, ethics, technology, economics, psychology, sociology, and public policy. This book offers a much-needed critical appraisal of the central energy technology and policy dilemmas of our time and the impact of these on multiple stakeholders.
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  • Paperback | 392 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 26mm | 567g
  • Baltimore, MD, United States
  • English
  • 1 Halftones, black and white; 37 Line drawings, black and white
  • 1421418975
  • 9781421418971
  • 855,575

Table of contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
List of Unit Abbreviations
Question 1. Is Industry the Chief Energy Villain?
Question 2. Is Energy Efficiency a Worthwhile Investment?
Question 3. Should Governments Intervene in Energy Markets?
Question 4. Do Conventional Energy Resources Have a Meaningful "Peak"?
Question 5. Is Shale Gas a Bridge to a Clean Energy Future?
Question 6. Can Renewable Electricity Ever Be Mainstreamed?
Question 7. Is the Car of the Future Electric?
Question 8. Can We Sustainably Feed and Fuel the Planet?
Question 9. Is Mitigation or Adaptation the Best Way to Address Climate Change?
Question 10. Should Geoengineering Be Outlawed?
Question 11. Is Clean Coal an Oxymoron?
Question 12. Is Nuclear Energy Worth the Risk?
Question 13. Is National Energy Independence Feasible and Desirable?
Question 14. Are We Nearing a Global Energy Crisis?
Question 15. Can Energy Transitions Be Expedited?
Conclusion. Values and Truth, Fact and Fiction in Global Energy Policy
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Recommended... General readers through faculty. Choice The idea behind this book is excellent - to bring to a wider audience issues relating to energy policy for which no clear-cut answers exist. The writing is clear, and the style aimed at the educated citizen as well as the student. Technological Forecasting and Social Change Fact and Fiction in Global Energy Policy: Fifteen Contentious Questions is that rare book that should, and must, be read by a wide audience: undergraduate and graduate students, policymakers (or at least their staffers), industry representatives, and leaders of an array of energy-focused and/or environmental non-governmental organizations... the importance of the ideas in this book, its clear and accessible writing, and the timeliness of its publication should make it required reading for decision-makers in energy and environment policy and practice." Environmental Politics The book provides a valuable resource for stimulating discussion and debate in university and senior secondary school classes, and in the community at large. Energy Journal [Fact and Fiction in Global Energy Policy] urges policymakers and the general public to critically think on how to incorporate such diverse perspectives in a truly sustainable global energy policy. Frontiers in Psychology An essential guide to the international debate on how to create a more sustainable energy system by probing into some of the key areas of contention... [highly recommended] as a tour de force that will be of utility to students, researchers and practitioners seeking to better understand global energy policy. The London School of Economics Review of Books
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About Benjamin K. Sovacool

Benjamin K. Sovacool is the director of the Center for Energy Technologies, a professor of business and social sciences at Aarhus University, and a professor of energy policy at the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex. Marilyn A. Brown is an endowed professor of sustainable systems in the School of Public Policy at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She created and leads the Climate and Energy Policy Laboratory. Scott V. Valentine is an associate professor in the School of Energy and Environment and the Department of Public Policy at the City University of Hong Kong.
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