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Energy : Science, Policy, and the Pursuit of Sustainability - Lloyd Orr


Science, Policy, and the Pursuit of Sustainability

By: Lloyd Orr (Editor), Robert Bent (Editor), Randall Baker (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st May 2002
ISBN: 9781559639118
Number Of Pages: 208

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In the early 2000s, energy prices have fluctuated wildly, from historic highs in the winter and spring of 2001 to the lowest wholesale prices in decades a few short months later. As the largest user of fossil-fuel energy, the United States is the key player in the world's energy markets, and our nation's energy policy (or lack thereof) has become a subject of increasing concern.Energy: Science, Policy, and the Pursuit of Sustainability is an essential primer on energy, society, and the environment. It offers an accessible introduction to the "energy problem" -- its definition, analysis, and policy implications. Current patterns of energy use are without question unsustainable over the long term, and our dependence on fossil fuels raises crucial questions of security and self-sufficiency. This volume addresses those questions by examining the three broad dimensions of the issue: physical, human, and political-economic. Chapters consider: the laws of nature and the impacts of energy use on our physical and ecological life-support systems the psychological, social, and cultural factors that determine how we use energy the role of government actions in adjusting costs, influencing resource consumption, and protecting the environment how markets work, and the reasons and cures for market failures in responding to long-term environmental and energy problems Energy links energy use with key environmental issues of population, consumption, and pollution and offers readers a range of material needed for an informed policy perspective.

Prefacep. xi
Forewordp. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
Introduction: The Energy-Environment Problemp. 1
Rules of the Gamep. 11
Future World Energy Needs and Resourcesp. 37
Environmental Impacts of Energy Usep. 77
Culture and Energy Consumptionp. 109
Energy Policy: The Problem of Public Perceptionp. 131
Energy and Sustainable Economic Growthp. 157
Protecting Future People: The Motivation Problemp. 197
Conclusionp. 223
Appendicesp. 229
About the Contributorsp. 243
Indexp. 247
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ISBN: 9781559639118
ISBN-10: 1559639113
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 1st May 2002
Publisher: Island Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.3  x 1.68
Weight (kg): 0.37
Edition Number: 2