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Energy Myths and Realities: Bringing Science to the Energy Policy Debate par [Smil, Vaclav]
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There are many misconceptions about the future of global energy often presented as fact by the media, politicians, business leaders, activists, and even scientists_wasting time and money and hampering the development of progressive energy policies. Energy Myths and Realities: Bringing Science to the Energy Policy Debate debunks the most common fallacies to make way for a constructive, scientific approach to the global energy challenge. When will the world run out of oil? Should nuclear energy be adopted on a larger scale? Are ethanol and wind power viable sources of energy for the future? Vaclav Smil advises the public to be wary of exaggerated claims and impossible promises. The global energy transition will be prolonged and expensive_and hinges on the development of an extensive new infrastructure. Established technologies and traditional energy sources are persistent and adaptable enough to see the world through that transition. Energy Myths and Realities brings a scientific perspective to an issue often dominated by groundless assertions, unfounded claims, and uncritical thinking. Before we can create sound energy policies for the future, we must renounce the popular myths that cloud our judgment and impede true progress.

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  • Editeur : AEI Press; Édition : First (16 août 2010)
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 but it is an excellent discussion starter and a good counterpart to the other ... 19 janvier 2015
Par Gerd Kortemeyer - Publié sur
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I used the this book as a "textbook" in an undergraduate seminar on renewable energy and global sustainability. Yes, it is "contrarian" and somewhat gloomy, but it is an excellent discussion starter and a good counterpart to the other textbook I used. The students very much appreciated this book: sometimes they agreed with the author, sometimes they disagreed or came to different conclusions, but that is what you want in a seminar. The reason this book does not get five points is that sometimes I feel the author discards a certain solution because it is not *the* solution, i.e., the main reason against a certain technology is that it cannot solve all problems (as opposed to what proponents proclaim). But it does not have to be *the* solution, it just needs to be good piece of the puzzle. I wish the author would have emphasized that point, but it turns out the students discovered it themselves.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Pragmatic, realist analysis 3 mai 2016
Par Wm. P. - Publié sur
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For the data enthusiast, Smil is an excellent read. Incredibly thorough (to a fault) in his analysis, Smil pulls no punches when discussing energy issues. He is a realist and pragmatist and anyone involved or interested in the alternative energy or electric car field would do well from his study to understand the real debates. What Smil does not do though is discuss the potential impact of increased demand for fossil fuel alternatives on the rate of technological change to accomplish this (he has underestimated the trajectory of this rate) and the politics of fossil fuel supply or impact on the politics of the major fossil fuel producers such as Saudi Arabia's more recent commitment to designing a $2 trillion 'post fossil fuel' future. Pair this book with Smil's 'Power Density' for perhaps the most technical analyses on the topic.
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Good n bad 17 septembre 2014
Par YIPLIU - Publié sur
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I chose this book because it is in Bill Gates 's list n had a good review therefore I had a relatively high expectation.

The first part about the end of fossil fuel is rather boring as it is full of other scientists previous forecast n prediction. As with all forecasts there is always margins of errors. Smil dismissed them as incorrect with the benefit of hind sight. It is not all too convincing.
The part about corn n cane ethanol starts to get interesting n my pace was much faster. However, he should have discuss the distorted economics of corn as fuel and corn as food to arrive at the conclusion that corn should be used as food rather than fuel. The part on wind energy was also good. He mentioned that wind can only work with good transmission network.

Smil seems to support nuclear energy but he did not have the benefit of the knowledge of the Japanese nuclear plant failure at the time of writing the book.

In sum, the good part n bad part even out each other. I give it a 3 star.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 This should be required reading for all elected officials... 31 janvier 2014
Par William L. Karns - Publié sur
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...and, for all the starry-eyed "greenies" and their "climate denier" counter-parts. Debunks the myths, and topples more than a few self-styled icons, while letting the data form the facts. Wishful thinking should have no part in the energy discussions, and policies which will emerge from those dialogues. Smil is the consummate "myth buster" and is not friends with either camp in the contentious arguments.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Objective discourse on energy misconceptions 3 avril 2014
Par RowanG - Publié sur
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The book is important for anybody who is directly involved in energy-related matters. It is also interesting reading for those with a science bent. The author keeps the hype of claimed energy saviors in check, and also dispels the imminent doom of modern living due to depleting fossil-energy reserves.

The book is slightly heavy-going in parts, and some facts are repeated, but the impact of the message is immense.
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