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By Kerry Emanuel

ISBN-10: 0262018438

ISBN-13: 9780262018432

The overwhelming majority of scientists agree that human task has considerably elevated greenhouse gases within the atmosphere--most dramatically because the Nineteen Seventies. but international warming skeptics and ill-informed elected officers proceed to brush aside this huge clinical consensus.

In this new version of his authoritative ebook, MIT atmospheric scientist Kerry Emanuel--a political conservative--outlines the elemental technological know-how of world warming and the way the present consensus has emerged. He additionally covers significant advancements that experience happened because the first variation: the newest around of up to date projections from the Intergovernmental Panel on weather switch weather simulations, and the so-called "climategate" incident that heralded the next cave in of renowned and political aid within the usa for facing weather change.

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The following sections provide an overview of the alternatives as well as factors to consider when choosing alternative sources of energy. This book is all about alternatives to the status quo. Alternatives are not the end all; they will never displace fossil fuels. The solution lies in a combination of doing better with fossil fuel use and developing alternatives when that’s appropriate. In Parts III and IV, I describe the alternative technologies in detail, explaining when these technologies are useful and when they’re not.

Was imported, and it’s projected that this number will increase to over 65 percent within 20 years. Overreliance on fossil fuels All of the growth and expansion has been shouldered by fossil fuel energy sources, which creates all sorts of havoc: Politically it makes us beholden to foreign nations. Economically it creates uncertainty in markets, and wild price fluctuations result. S. economy in terms of lost growth potential. indd 16 4/1/09 10:10:46 PM Chapter 1: What a Mess! S. S. S. 9 million barrels a day.

I do not push for one solution over another, except that I do push for a wiser course of action. Our energy problems can be solved with alternative energy sources. What America’s policy needs The historical record indicates that societies grow and flourish with more and more energy consumption and that societies that expand and develop their energy-producing facilities conquer those that don’t. This is true militarily, in particular, but it’s also true when one considers questions of the basic quality of life (Chapter 1 explains the connection between the evolution of energy sources and civilization).

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