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Energy and the missing resource : a view from the laboratory
Dostrovsky, I.
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Publication Information:
Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1988.
Physical Description:
xiv, 182 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
General Note:
Includes index.

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TJ163.2 .D68 1988 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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The prevailing impression in popular discussion of future energy supply is that a crisis will occur, sooner or later, owing to the exhaustion of present resources. In this formative and thought-provoking book, a leading energy researcher demonstrates that sufficient energy resources are available to meet all energy needs for the foreseeable future. However, this does not remove the threat of an energy supply crisis. What is lacking--the missing resource--is the knowledge of how to use these resources in a practical and environmentally acceptable manner. Dostrovsky argues that long-term technical development will be needed to ensure future energy sufficiency, and that international cooperation on technical research, environmental impact, and energy use is needed now to avoid a succession of energy crises in the future.

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An excellent detailed review of the history and prognosis of world energy sources and demands. Each energy source together with its exploitation is analyzed, and both positive and negative points are debated. Dostrovsky is a leading energy researcher and, as such, he is well informed, well organized, and--even more important--able to reduce masses of statistical data to straightforward, concise arguments. This is a great service since much of the literature is biased by the professional prejudices of its authors; each fuel and its technology has its champions and detractors. Arguments based on technical, political, environmental, or economic grounds are unlikely ever to be resolved but Dostrovsky comes close. He minimizes the mathematics for the general reader but avoids technical oversimplifications. An important omission is any detailed treatment of the economics of the various choices. Few conclusions are offered as to which mix of fuels and strategies would make the best overall solution. Includes charts, tables, and a well-chosen bibliography. A superb primer for any serious student of world energy problems. J. C. Comer Northern Illinois University

Table of Contents

List of figures and tables
1 Introduction
2 Fossil fuels
3 Nuclear energy
4 The role of nuclear power
5 Renewable energy resources
6 Demand and substitution
7 The missing resources