9780465031160

The Bottomless Well: The Twilight of Fuel, the Virtue of Waste, and Why We Will Never Run Out of Energy

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    9780465031160

  • ISBN10:

    0465031161

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2005-01-18
  • Publisher: Perseus Books Group

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Summary

The things we think we know about energy are mostly myths. A better understanding will radically change our views and policies on a number of very controversial issues.

Author Biography

Peter Huber is a Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute's Center for Legal Policy, where he specializes in issues related to technology, science, and law. His previous books include Hard Green, Liability, and Galileo's Revenge. He lives in Bethesda, Maryland. Mark P. Mills, a founding partner of Digital Power Capital, is a physicist who once served as a staff consultant on technology to the White House Science Office. He lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

Table of Contents

List of Figures
xiii
Preface xv
Acknowledgments xxvii
The Twilight of Fuel and the Ascent of Power
1(23)
The Bottomless Well
2(3)
The Energized Environment
5(2)
Pyramids of Quads
7(2)
Pontiacs, Power Plants, and Pentiums
9(5)
Capital Spending
14(2)
The Real Cost of Power
16(2)
The Twilight of Fuel
18(3)
The First Law
21(3)
Voracious Technologies
24(20)
The ``Fire-Engine''
25(2)
Jumbos and Jets
27(4)
Electrification
31(2)
The Power of Logic
33(7)
The Logic of Power
40(4)
The Virtue of Waste
44(14)
Pyramids of Virtuous Waste
48(4)
Order
52(2)
The Second Law
54(4)
Saving the Perilously Efficient Grid
58(17)
The Perilous Grid
59(3)
Assault on the Wires
62(3)
California's Slouch into Night
65(2)
Restoring Order
67(4)
More Plants and Shorter Wires
71(4)
Fueling the Silicon Car
75(16)
Weight, Power, and Inertia
76(3)
The Silicon Power Train
79(4)
Convergence
83(2)
Power Plants on Wheels
85(2)
Uranium in the Gas Tank
87(2)
Blind Visionaries
89(2)
Bulbs, Radios, and Negawatts
91(17)
Edison and DeForest
93(4)
Bulbs on a Chip
97(3)
Lighting the Whole Rainbow
100(2)
Convergence
102(3)
Efficiency
105(3)
The Paradox of Efficiency
108(16)
The Efficient Future
109(2)
The Efficient Past
111(1)
Fast
112(4)
Light
116(2)
Faster and Lighter
118(3)
Inefficient by Design
121(2)
Efficient Waste
123(1)
Power, Productivity, Jobs, and GDP
124(14)
Power and Productivity
126(3)
Dexterous Robots
129(2)
Digital Factories
131(3)
Power and Jobs
134(4)
Insatiable Demand
138(18)
Saving Time
138(4)
Creating Order
142(2)
Suppressing Chaos
144(3)
Waging War
147(3)
Powering Logic
150(3)
Enriching Life
153(3)
Saving the Planet with Coal and Uranium
156(16)
Carbon Chaos
157(3)
America the Beautiful Carbon Sink
160(4)
Carbohydrates versus Hydrocarbons
164(2)
The Solar Road to Environmental Ruin
166(1)
Green Nukes
167(5)
Infinite Supply
172(17)
Rising Reserves
174(3)
Power in Pursuit of Energy
177(1)
Logic in Pursuit of Power
178(4)
Maxwell's Demon
182(2)
Room at the Bottom
184(2)
Perpetual Motion
186(3)
The Power of Life
189(10)
Sugar and the Helix
190(4)
In the Heat of the Night
194(5)
Notes 199(10)
Index 209

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