Energy for Future Presidents: The Science Behind the Headlines

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2012年8月6日 - 288 頁
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The author of Physics for Future Presidents returns to educate all of us on the most crucial conundrum facing the nation: energy.

The near-meltdown of Fukushima, the upheavals in the Middle East, the BP oil rig explosion, and the looming reality of global warming have reminded the president and all U.S. citizens that nothing has more impact on our lives than the supply of and demand for energy. Its procurement dominates our economy and foreign policy more than any other factor. But the “energy question” is more confusing, contentious, and complicated than ever before. We need to know if nuclear power will ever really be safe. We need to know if solar and wind power will ever really be viable. And we desperately need to know if the natural gas deposits in Pennsylvania are a windfall of historic proportions or a false hope that will create more problems than solutions. Richard A. Muller provides all the answers in this must-read guide to our energy priorities now and in the coming years.
 

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INTRODUCTION
3
ENERGY CATASTROPHES
9
THE GULF OIL SPILL
26
GLOBAL WARMING AND CLIMATE CHANGE
38
Local Variability
52
The Hockey Stick
60
Geoengineering
72
Recycled Energy
81
ENERGY STORAGE
167
THE COMING EXPLOSION OF NUCLEAR POWER
179
FUSION
199
BIOEUELs
219
SYNEUEL AND HIOHTEcII FOssIL FUELS
227
HYDROGEN GEOTHERMAL
236
ELECTRIC AUTOMOBILES
248
NATURALGAS AUTOMOBILES
261

THE NATURALGAs WINDEALL
87
Pracking and Horizontal Drilling
93
LIQUID ENERGY SECURITY
102
SHALE OIL
109
Invest for a 209 Annual Return TaxFree
118
ALTEPNATIVE ENERGY
139
SOLAR SURGE
145
SolarCell Summary
158
CLEAN COAL
273
WHAT IS ENERGY?
281
The Beauty of Energy
288
Energy Technology Policy
294
NoTEs
307
CREDITS
323
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Richard A. Muller is professor of physics at the University of California, Berkeley, and the best-selling author of Physics for Future Presidents. For his outstanding work in experimental cosmology, he was awarded a 1982 MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, and also a share of the 2015 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics for the discovery of dark energy.

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