Energy Production and Alternative Energy

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2010-11-09
  • Publisher: Greenhaven Pr
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Greenhaven Press's Confronting Global Warming series explores current and future challenges facing the planet due to climate change. The series covers the full range of climate change impacts-including water, population, nature, and health and disease-and the various essential components of any solution, such as energy production and alternative energy, the role of the government, the role of industry, and the role of the individual. Each volume examines the current status of the topic being covered, highlights key future challenges, explores potential or proposed solutions for dealing with the results of climate change, and presents the pros and cons of such solutions.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. 1
Forewordp. 3
Energy and Global Warming: An Introductionp. 10
The Fossil Fuel Erap. 11
The Global Warming Problemp. 14
Solutions to Energy-Related Global Warmingp. 15
Chart: Global Anthropogenic GHG Emissions, 1970-2004p. 16
Sidebar: A Global Warming Emergency?p. 18
Notesp. 19
The World's Reliance on Fossil Fuels: Current Energy Usagep. 21
Fossil Fuels and Carbon Emissionsp. 21
Countries Responsible for Carbon Emissionsp. 23
U.S. Energy Usagep. 25
Chart: U.S. Primary Energy Consumption by Source and Sector, 2008p. 26
Growing Energy Demands and Emissionsp. 28
Sidebar: Global Warming and Peak Oilp. 29
Notesp. 30
Cutting Fossil Fuel Emissionsp. 31
The 1997 Kyoto Protocolp. 31
Prospects for U.S. Emission Cutsp. 33
Graph: Net Emission Reductions Under Cap-and-Trade Proposals in the 111th Congress, 2005-2050p. 34
U.S. Regulatory Effortsp. 36
Improving Energy Efficiencyp. 37
Geoengineering Solutionsp. 38
Individual Lifestyle Changesp. 40
Sidebar: The Energy Star Programp. 41
Notesp. 41
Bridge Strategies: Low-Emission Energy Sourcesp. 43
Natural Gas as a Transition Fuelp. 43
Map: Major U.S. Natural Gas Shale Bedsp. 44
The Clean Coal Debatep. 46
Nuclear Powerp. 48
Sidebar: France-A Leader in Nuclear Powerp. 49
Methane Energyp. 51
Notesp. 52
Developing Clean and Renewable Electrical Energyp. 54
Solar Energyp. 55
Wind Powerp. 56
Sidebar: Clean Energy in Malawip. 58
Geothermal Energyp. 59
Energy from Waterp. 61
Table: U.S. Electricity from Renewable Energy by Sector, 2004-2008p. 63
Notesp. 64
Reinventing Transportation Energyp. 66
Biofuelsp. 66
Sidebar: Brazil's Flex-Fuel Auto Industryp. 68
Hydrogen Fuel Cellsp. 71
Electric and Hybrid Vehiclesp. 73
Illustration: How Hybrids Workp. 73
Notesp. 76
Achieving a Clean Energy Economyp. 77
Encouraging Investments in Clean Energyp. 77
Sidebar: Renewable Energy Portfolio Standardsp. 79
A New Clean-Energy Policyp. 80
The Role of Carbon Capsp. 80
Creating Green Jobsp. 82
Map: Clean-Energy Jobs by State, 2007p. 83
Economic Impactp. 84
Notesp. 87
Challenges in the Search for Clean Energyp. 88
Technological Challengesp. 88
Infrastructure Needsp. 89
Table: Today's Electrical Grid and Tomorrow'sp. 90
Political Obstaclesp. 92
Environmental Concernsp. 93
Winning the Global Race Toward Clean Energyp. 95
Sidebar: China and Clean Energyp. 96
Notesp. 97
Conclusionp. 99
Notesp. 101
Glossaryp. 102
For Further Researchp. 108
Indexp. 114
About the Authorp. 124
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