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The Great Transition: Shifting from Fossil Fuels to Solar and Wind Energy

by Lester R. Brown

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Because this book is a year old, and since it's based on lots of current facts and percentages, I desperately want an update. It discusses a breadth of topics for an energy transition away from fossil fuels and all of the current (or then current) plans for achieving this around the world. With some attention to improving energy efficiency, it primarily has sections on oil, coal (including a bit on natural gas), nuclear, solar, wind, geothermal, and hydro solutions. These seem fair in describing the benefits and disadvantages of each, but concentrate more on where the world stands and efforts to +/- each of these. While it's a small book, it's a good overview - that could have been helped with a few charts and graphs - but whose topics could have taken a full bookshelf. Still a very worthwhile read... especially for recognizing how much more our country could be doing now. ( )
  asawyer | May 7, 2018 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 039335055X, Paperback)

The great energy transition from fossil fuels to renewable sources of energy is under way.

As oil insecurity deepens, the extraction risks of fossil fuels rise, and concerns about climate instability cast a shadow over the future of coal, a new world energy economy is emerging. The old economy, fueled by oil, natural gas, and coal is being replaced with one powered by wind, solar, and geothermal energy.

The Great Transition details the accelerating pace of this global energy revolution. As many countries become less enamored with coal and nuclear power, they are embracing an array of clean, renewable energies. Whereas solar energy projects were once small-scale, largely designed for residential use, energy investors are now building utility-scale solar projects. Strides are being made: some of the huge wind farm complexes under construction in China will each produce as much electricity as several nuclear power plants, and an electrified transport system supplemented by the use of bicycles could reshape the way we think about mobility.

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Overview: The great energy transition from fossil fuels to renewable sources of energy is under way. As oil insecurity deepens, the extraction risks of fossil fuels rise, and concerns about climate instability cast a shadow over the future of coal, a new world energy economy is emerging. The old economy, fueled by oil, natural gas, and coal is being replaced with one powered by wind, solar, and geothermal energy. The Great Transition details the accelerating pace of this global energy revolution. As many countries become less enamored with coal and nuclear power, they are embracing an array of clean, renewable energies. Whereas solar energy projects were once small-scale, largely designed for residential use, energy investors are now building utility-scale solar projects. Strides are being made: some of the huge wind farm complexes under construction in China will each produce as much electricity as several nuclear power plants, and an electrified transport system supplemented by the use of bicycles could reshape the way we think about mobility.… (more)

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