M.E. Sharpe, Armonk, New York, 2010, 401 pages, ISBN 978-0-7656-2412-3The new edition of this best-selling handbook on conventional and alternative sources of energy includes new material on biofuels, an expanded section on sustainability and sustainable energy, and updated figures and tables throughout.This book examines the role of the principal sources of energy, both in the aggregate and by specific types (biomass, coal, oil, natural gas, hydro and nuclear power, and sustainable sources), for a balanced view of energy. Nations exhibit enormous variance in energy consumption both in amount and the degree of reliance on different types of energy. Moreover, their energy plans to satisfy future needs vary markedly. Energy diversity on a national level is too great for the global community of nations to adopt a common policy approach to energy. The only international convention that deals with energy issues is the Kyoto Protocol, currently under revision. However, one can argue that the Protocol is more environmental in orientation in that its primary concern is reducing greenhouse gas emissions. But in complying with the Protocol nations will tend to favor natural gas, nuclear and hydro, and wind and solar over coal and oil.Contents:Are We on Easter Island? Electricity and the Utility Industry Biomass Coal The Story of Big Oil Oil Natural Gas Nuclear and Hydropower Sustainable Energy Looking Toward the Future An Energy Strategy
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