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More and more people believe we must quickly wean ourselves from fossil fuels - oil, natural gas and coal - to save the planet from environmental catastrophe, wars and economic collapse. In this 2006 book, Professor Jaccard argues that this view is misguided. We have the technological capability to use fossil fuels without emitting climate-threatening greenhouse gases or other pollutants. The transition from conventional oil and gas to their unconventional sources including coal for producing electricity, hydrogen and cleaner-burning fuels will decrease energy dependence on politically unstable regions. In addition, our vast fossil fuel resources will be the cheapest source of clean energy for the next century and perhaps longer, which is critical for the economic and social development of the world's poorer countries. By buying time for increasing energy efficiency, developing renewable energy technologies and making nuclear power more attractive, fossil fuels will play a key role in humanity's quest for a sustainable energy system.Read more
- Explodes all the big myths about why we should stop using fossil fuels right now
- Provocative and challenging, it will spark widespread debate
- Accessibly written using clear diagrams and a minimum of jargon
- Winner of the Donner prize for the best book on Canadian public policy.
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"Jaccard's book is perhaps the most comprehensive analysis of the sources of energy that has been produced, here or elsewhere. Policy makers in Ontario should be forced to read it, and also the host of misguided environmentalists who think there is a soft fix to a hard problem." Robert M. MacIntosh, Globe and MailSee more reviews
"Even less-optimistic readers or those unconvinced by the arguments will find Jaccard's case worth careful consideration" -Science Magazine
"Mark Jaccard's book does not have a catchy title and will not make the best-seller lists, but it stands to influence what kind of car you drive and how you heat your home" - Judy Stoffman, Toronto Star
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- Date Published: January 2006
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521679794
- length: 398 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 22 mm
- weight: 0.54kg
- contains: 9 tables
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. What is energy sustainability
2. Is our current energy path sustainable?
3. The prospects for clean secondary energy
4. The usual suspects: efficiency, nuclear and renewables
5. The unusual suspect: how long can fossil fuels last - and does it matter?
6. Can we use fossil fuels cleanly - and what might it cost?
7. Sustainable energy trade-offs: evaluating the alternatives
8. Sustainable energy policy - how do we get there?
9. Broadening the definition: is sustainable energy sustainable?
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