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Fact and Fiction in Global Energy Policy

Fifteen Contentious Questions

Benjamin K. Sovacool, Marilyn A. Brown, and Scott V. Valentine

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A balanced examination of global energy issues.

Energy sustainability and climate change are two of the greatest challenges facing humankind. Unraveling these complex and interconnected issues demands careful and objective assessment. Fact and Fiction in Global Energy Policy aims to change the prevailing discourse by examining fifteen core energy questions from a variety of perspectives, demonstrating how, for each of them, no clear-cut answer exists.

Is industry the chief energy villain? Can we sustainably feed and fuel the planet at the same time? Is nuclear energy worth the risk? Should…

A balanced examination of global energy issues.

Energy sustainability and climate change are two of the greatest challenges facing humankind. Unraveling these complex and interconnected issues demands careful and objective assessment. Fact and Fiction in Global Energy Policy aims to change the prevailing discourse by examining fifteen core energy questions from a variety of perspectives, demonstrating how, for each of them, no clear-cut answer exists.

Is industry the chief energy villain? Can we sustainably feed and fuel the planet at the same time? Is nuclear energy worth the risk? Should geoengineering be outlawed? Touching on pollution, climate mitigation and adaptation, energy efficiency, government intervention, and energy security, the authors explore interrelated concepts of law, philosophy, ethics, technology, economics, psychology, sociology, and public policy.

This book offers a much-needed critical appraisal of the central energy technology and policy dilemmas of our time and the impact of these on multiple stakeholders.

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Recommended... General readers through faculty.

The idea behind this book is excellent - to bring to a wider audience issues relating to energy policy for which no clear-cut answers exist. The writing is clear, and the style aimed at the educated citizen as well as the student.

The book provides a valuable resource for stimulating discussion and debate in university and senior secondary school classes, and in the community at large.

[Fact and Fiction in Global Energy Policy] urges policymakers and the general public to critically think on how to incorporate such diverse perspectives in a truly sustainable global energy policy.

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392
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9781421418971
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1 halftone, 37 line drawings
Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
Acknowledgments
List of Unit Abbreviations
Introduction
Part I. ENERGY AND SOCIETY
Question 1. Is Industry the Chief Energy Villain?
Question 2. Is Energy Efficiency a

List of Figures
List of Tables
Acknowledgments
List of Unit Abbreviations
Introduction
Part I. ENERGY AND SOCIETY
Question 1. Is Industry the Chief Energy Villain?
Question 2. Is Energy Efficiency a Worthwhile Investment?
Question 3. Should Governments Intervene in Energy Markets?
Part II. ENERGY RESOURCES AND TECHNOLOGY
Question 4. Do Conventional Energy Resources Have a Meaningful "Peak"?
Question 5. Is Shale Gas a Bridge to a Clean Energy Future?
Question 6. Can Renewable Electricity Ever Be Mainstreamed?
Question 7. Is the Car of the Future Electric?
Question 8. Can We Sustainably Feed and Fuel the Planet?
Part III. CLIMATE CHANGE
Question 9. Is Mitigation or Adaptation the Best Way to Address Climate Change?
Question 10. Should Geoengineering Be Outlawed?
Question 11. Is Clean Coal an Oxymoron?
Part IV. ENERGY SECURITY AND ENERGY TRANSITIONS
Question 12. Is Nuclear Energy Worth the Risk?
Question 13. Is National Energy Independence Feasible and Desirable?
Question 14. Are We Nearing a Global Energy Crisis?
Question 15. Can Energy Transitions Be Expedited?
Conclusion. Values and Truth, Fact and Fiction in Global Energy Policy
Index

Author Bios
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Benjamin K. Sovacool, Ph.D.

Benjamin K. Sovacool is the director of the Center for Energy Technologies, a professor of business and social sciences at Aarhus University, and a professor of energy policy at the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex.
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Marilyn A. Brown

Marilyn A. Brown is an endowed professor of sustainable systems in the School of Public Policy at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She created and leads the Climate and Energy Policy Laboratory.
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Scott V. Valentine

Scott V. Valentine is an associate professor in the School of Energy and Environment and the Department of Public Policy at the City University of Hong Kong.