The Grand Energy Transition The Rise of Energy Gases, Sustainable Life and Growth, and the Next Great Economic Expansion

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-09-08
  • Publisher: Wiley
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In this visionary book, leading energy industry executive Robert Hefner puts forth a convincing case about how the world can move beyond its current dependence on oil and move toward a new era of clean, renewable energy. Hefner argues that we are in a transitional phase from liquid fuels to gas fuels and the management of the transition is critical to our economy, national security, and environmental health. Hefner views increased use of natural gas as a critical bridge to a long-term future in which gas fuels such as hydrogen, wind, and solar mark the beginning of what he calls, The Age of Energy Gases. Hefner points out that even without policies to encourage natural gas; natural gas has been the fastest growing primary source of energy during since the 1970s. More provocatively, he argues that natural gas reserves are far greater than commonly accepted and points out that gas reserves have been consistently underestimated by oil and coal industry interests. At the same time, many environmentalists lump oil and natural gas together when, in fact, natural gas is a much cleaner and environmentally safe fuel. Written with the knowledge and authority of a major player in the energy industry, Hefner relates how misguided government policies and vested industry interests contributed to our current energy problems and he advocates a variety of federal government measures should be enacted to discourage the use of gasoline, coal, and biofuels and encourage natural gas, solar, wind, hydrogen, and nuclear fusion. A well-written and engaging book that mixes personal anecdotes and experiences with insightful analysis, The Grand Energy Transition is a powerful, realistic argument about how we can best solve our energy problems.

Author Biography

Robert A. Hefner III is founder and owner of GHK Exploration (www.ghkco.com), a private natural gas exploration and production firm. He pioneered ultradeep natural gas exploration and production, led the development of innovative technology needed to successfully drill and produce many of the world's deepest and highest pressure natural gas wells, and was a leader in the industry's successful efforts to deregulate the price of natural gas. Hefner is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society of London, a Fellow National of the Explorers Club, a member of Singapore's International Advisory Panel on Energy, and a member of the International Council at the Belfer Center at Harvard University. He is an Advisory Director of the Center for a New American Security. Hefner and his wife, MeiLi, initiated and support the Hefner China Fund, which has brought rising young Chinese government officials to study in the fields of energy, culture, and foreign policy at the National University of Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. Hefner holds a petroleum geology degree from the University of Oklahoma.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Inextricable Link between Energy and the Economy
The Beginning
The Grand Energy Transition
The Conception of the GET and How It Works
Rise of the Age of Energy Gases, Decarbonization, and Slowing of the GET
How the 1970s Misconception of Natural Gas Scarcity Changed America's Energy Mix for Decades
Natural Gas-The Bridge Fuel to Our Sustainable Future
Natural Gas Abundance
My Historical Grounds for Natural Gas Abundance
The Real Inconvenient Truth
Our Energy and Climate Challenge-Los Angeles , A Case Study
What Won't Work What Will Work
Policies to Accelerate the GET
The Age of Energy Gases: America's and China's Opportunity
Crisis and Opportunity
Recommended Reading
About the Author
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